After months of different actresses being considered for the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” film, it was announced this week that none other than Alicia Vikander had landed the part.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Danish Girl” will tackle the leading role made famous by Angelina Jolie. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout star Daisy Ridley was also rumored to be in contention for the role.
The Lara Croft character (based off of the character from the “Tomb Raider” video game franchise) was first seen on the big screen in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” The film starred Jolie, her father Jon Voight and then little-known star Daniel Craig. Jolie reprised her role in the 2003 sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” along with Gerard Butler and Djimon Hounsou. Another sequel was planned, but never officially materialized due to Jolie’s desire to seek out other projects.
Per IMDB, the new film is being directed by Roar Uthaug (“Cold Prey,” “The Wave”), with Evan Daugherty (“Snow White and the Huntsman,” “Divergent”) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet on board for writing duties.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will “tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.”
Last year was an incredible one for Vikander. She starred in the summer action flick “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” as well as in the critically acclaimed “Ex Machina.” She capped off the year with her Oscar-winning performance in “The Danish Girl.”
2016 is proving to be another good one for the actress: she has “Jason Bourne” and “Tulip Fever” this summer and the buzzy film “The Light Between Oceans” in September.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the “Tomb Raider” casting news. A potential release date for the film has not been announced.