The film, now starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, is out this weekend in cinemas – 15 years after Jolie last played the iconic videogame character.
Now, producer Graham King has explained why his team resisted the urge to have a cameo from Jolie in the mix.
“It was never a story that had that moment where you could [have her appear], you know what I mean? Pass the baton over,” he told Cinema Blend.
“There wasn’t that kind of tone and that would’ve changed tones to have that…
“The studios of course, said ‘Is there a way to get Angie? Should we try and have her kind of baton over this kind of thing?’
“And I understand it for marketing and studios or whatever, but that never felt organic to our film. Something like that can tip the balance.”
So it seems that despite the studio’s desire for a quick nod to the past incarnation of the franchise, Jolie was never approached.
Tomb Raider has had mixed reviews from critics, but is still rumoured to be the start of a planned franchise.
Vikander has indicated that she would happily return to play Lara again, but director Roar Uthaug has played down the idea that more movies are already being planned.
“We haven’t started talking about that at all, now we’re just focused on making this movie,” he told ScreenRant.
Tomb Raider is out now.