‘Tomb Raider’ Casts Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

By April 28, 2016

In a year when two new video game adaptations are attempting to break the long-running curse in Hollywood in both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed, Warner Bros. and MGM are also attempting to start work on the reboot to their long-troubled Tomb Raider film franchise after the unsuccessful, and critically-panned Angelina Jolie-led films from the 2000s.

Over the past few months as well, The Force Awakens breakout star Daisy Ridley has been rumored to be up for the lead role of Lara Croft in the film, with even Ridley herself has come out and shared her excitement at the possibility.

Looks like the film has found its Lara Croft though, and while it’s not Ridley, it’s still one of the most talented and promising young actresses working in the industry today.

THR is reporting that Ex Machina star and Oscar-winner, Alicia Vikander, has signed on to play the role of Croft in the film. The Wave director, Roar Uthaug, is set to direct the film as well, which will follow Croft as she attempts to survive her first adventure. A plot similar to that of the recent, critically-acclaimed video game reboot as well.

2015 was a breakout year for Vikander, after her notable turns in films like Ex Machina, Testaminet of Youth, The Danish Girl, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and more. She can next be seen later this year in Jason Bourne and The Light Between Oceans (my most anticipated film of the year).

This casting gives Vikander her own franchise to carry now, after establishing herself as a more than capable actress in the previously-mentioned dramas last year. Apparently, Ridley was never actually up for the role (though Suicide Squad star Cara Delevignge was apparently in talks at one point), and while I would have liked Ridley in the role, Vikander is a more than suitable replacement. Now, with her star power and a much different industry than before, here’s to hoping the Tomb Raider reboot will turn out better than the previous adaptations.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable