MOVIE NEWS – It all started with the video game series of the same name, then Tomb Raider was reborn as a movie last decade with Angelina Jolie playing its lead role: Lara Croft. Unfortunately, her big screen adventures ended all too soon: after two movies, but 13 years later, now Lara Croft will be back to theaters. After several actresses who were rumored for the role, they finally found a new actress for the reboot in the person of Alicia Vikander, as the titular action hero.
The casting was announced by The Hollywood Reporter, revealing that Vikander will lead MGM’s Tomb Raider reboot, which will tell the tale of a “young and untested Lara Croft” as she goes on her first adventure. The new movie is directed by The Wave’s Roar Uthaug, and Graham King will be its producer.
Alicia Vikander has made a name for herself in recent years with movies like Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, and this is her first venture into the world of franchises. Vikander also appeared in a number of well-known movies, like The Fifth Estate and Seventh Son, but 2015 was the year when her fame boosted. She first appeared as the android Ava in Ex Machina, emerging alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.
That summer, she also acted Gaby Teller in spy movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and she capped off the year as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl. For that latter performance, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She’s apparently proven she has incredible acting chops, so making the jump to the new Tomb Raider movie is an excellent way for her get her action hero on.
It was reported at one point that maybe Daisy Ridley will play Lara Croft, but she has enough play lately with the new Star Wars movies and other projects.
Taking inspiration from the 2013 Tomb Raider video game, the movie reboot will follow a young Lara Croft as she’s just starting her adventures as a badass archaeologist looking for priceless artifacts and relics around the world. Roar Uthaug has also said he wants this version of Lara Croft to feel to feel like a “real human being,” so we should expect to get to know Alicia Vikander’s version on a deeper level while she’s trying to survive these crazy situations. She’s not at the same experience level as Angelina Jolie’s was, so while we will see her fighting her way through various challenges, it’s not going to be with the same ease. It would also be cool to get some insight into her personal life when she’s not out in the field.
The Tomb Raider reboot is rumored to hit theaters on October 6, 2017, but we’ll keep you updated on a more official time frame. As for Vikander, her upcoming releases later this year include Tulip Fever and Jason Bourne.