14 Mar 2018 7:18 PM +00:00 UTC

Tomb Raider Video Game Writer Wants To Have An Older Lara Croft In The Franchise

Tomb Raider video game fans have always been used to a young and slick version of Lara Croft in front of their screens, but it looks like 2013 Tomb Raider video game reboot writer Rhianna Pratchett is actually hoping that the franchise explores an older and grizzled version of everyone's favorite female adventurer.

Sitting down to speak in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pratchett told the publication how she wanted to see Lara in her 50s; a woman battle-hardened by her years adventuring.

"I'd love to write an older Lara in her 50s, who's grizzled and war-torn because we get that with male protagonists. Snake [from Metal Gear] has evolved over the years, and so has Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell: He's been allowed to get older, and I'd love to see that with a character like Lara, as older and battle-hardened. And maybe she has to take another character under her wing, which is often done with dad figures in games — it's the ‘dad-ification' of games, like John in The Last of Us or Booker in BioShock Infinite."


Pratchett also loves the idea of turning Lara into a mother, wondering how exactly Lara would find time to be an action mom while taking care of a child.

"I'd also be interested in seeing Lara as a mother. How would that work? How would she even have time? I'd love to see more action moms in games. There's so much we can do, so many stories we can tell, it feels like we're just scratching the surface."

It's a terribly interesting idea. The exploration of Lara Croft at different ages and at different points in her life, seems like an interesting way to advance the franchise. What kind of adventures would Lara find herself in when she's 50? What would a battle-hardened Lara look like? What kind of struggles would an action mom Lara face?

The Tomb Raider movie reboot premieres March 16, 2018.

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