Alicia Vikander To Play Lara Croft In Tomb Raider Reboot

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl (2015)
Hot off the awards trail, cooling off her newly achieved Oscar, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) is ready to take her acting career to the next level as Lara Croft!  That’s right, Tomb Raider is making a comeback with Vikander as its new lead for MGM, Warner Bros., and GK Films. 

This will be a new to the scene and untested Lara Croft on the verge of new adventures.  Angelina Jolie originally brought the character to the silver screen with 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, both of which took Jolie’s career to the next level as an international superstar and if there was any question as to whether or not she was a household name at the time, this was that deciding point. 

Vikander looks to accomplish the same here.  As the “it” girl last year with Ex Machina (my favorite for the year), The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Danish Girl (what she took home the Oscar for best supporting actress with), Vikander seems to be swiftly on the road to household stardom.  With no plans of slowing down, seeing this year alongside Michael Fassbender in the drama The Light Between Oceans and Matt Damon in the latest installment of the Jason Bourne franchise.  Oceans being from director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines).  So a range of films Vikander seems to be suitable for. 

MGM & WB are co-producing with MGM overseeing production, acquiring rights from GK Films who acquired them from Square Enix, Ltd. in 2011.  Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is set to direct with a date still to be determined. 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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