Angelina Jolie look-alike signed to play Lara Croft in Indian version of film

Published: January 25, 2013

Esha Gupta as Lara Croft

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News of Esha Gupta playing Lara Croft apparently inspired the design of the photo on the left, with Gupta's head pretty clearly Photoshopped onto the body of British model and actress Karima Adebibe, seen at right, who was the seventh model to be Lara Croft in the video game series Tomb Raider. Submitted photo

VANCOUVER DESI

Bollywood starlet Esha Gupta, who has often been referred to as the Indian Angelina Jolie, as she resembles her, has been signed for an international co-production (Indo-American) to play the Indian Lara Croft.

As of now, only one film has been decided upon. It remains to be seen whether there will also be an Indian version of the second film in the Hollywood franchise, Lara Croft, reported the Hindustan Times.

For the uninitiated, Lara Croft is one of the most recalled roles of Jolie’s career. A fictional character originally introduced in a video game series, Lara is the film’s protagonist — an archaeologist who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world.

A Hindustan Times insider says Esha was approached for the role as she’s tall and has a very athletic physique. Obviously, her looks are an advantage, as those who’ve seen the original will be able to connect with the film better. This is a huge project for her, considering there will be a Hollywood studio backing it along with Indian producers.

Though a newcomer, Esha’s track record boasts of two back-to-back Bollywood hits — Jannat 2 and Raaz 3D, both released last year— which proved to be a decisive factor in her casting, the paper said.

In response, Esha’s spokesperson said, “we’re not at liberty to discuss anything about the project.”

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