Reports are trickling in that 22-year old Transformers star Megan Fox has replaced Angelina Jolie in an upcoming installment of the Tomb Raider Franchise. Jolie first brought “sexy archaeology” to the screen in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and again in 2003’s Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Fox, who is ten years younger than Jolie, has been an dropping jaws in such magazines as Maxim and FHM for the past two years and even achieved the title of FHM‘s Sexiest Woman in the World for 2008.
So is this a win for sexy archaeology? While Lara’s adventures may not fall into the realm of scientific archaeology, the character has certainly drawn attention to the field. Could nabbing a younger actress and continuing the franchise entice a new generation of would be treasure hunters?