Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, the screenwriting team who scored an Oscar nomination for their work on Alfonso Cuaron's 2006 film 'Children of Men,' and co-wrote 'Iron Man' and this summer's 'Cowboys & Aliens,' have signed on to take the reigns of the reinvigorated 'Tomb Raider' franchise.

GK Films acquired the rights to the popular video game series in March and soon after announced they would like to have a rebooted film ready for release by 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In a statement, GK announced its first 'Tomb Raider' film would be an "origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes." Lofty!

The first two 'Tomb Raider' films starred Angelina Jolie as Croft, a beautiful and fearless archaeologist-adventurer. The first film, 2001's 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,' was Jolie's first major box office hit as an above-the-title star, pulling in $275 million worldwide. The second entry, 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life,' was an expensive box office disappointment.

From 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' and 'Wanted' to 'Salt' and 'The Tourist,' Jolie is one of only a handful of actresses who have made much headway into the male-dominated world of action films, and she was a perfect fit for the role of Lara Croft. (With her long, dark hair and fit physique, she looked almost exactly like the character portrayed in the popular video games.)

Check out the 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' trailer below and let us know in the comments which young actress you think would be a good fit for a Lara Croft origin story.

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