Alicia Vikander Cast As Star Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

Alicia Vikander Cast As Star Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' Reboot

After gaining much critical acclaim for her performances in Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E,” and Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” for which she won the Best Supporting Actress award at last year’s Oscars, Swedish import Alicia Vikander will soon take the next big step into big-budget franchise fare. Deadline reports that Vikander has been cast as archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft in the new “Tomb Raider” reboot, which will tell the story of Croft’s first adventure.  Though rumors swirled that many actresses were being considered for the main role, including “Star Wars” actress Daisy Ridley, ballet-trained Vikander eventually landed the part instead.

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The “Tomb Raider” video game franchise has already spawned two prior film adaptations starring Angelina Jolie as Croft: 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and 2003’s “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.” The video game series itself was recently rebooted in 2013. Co-produced by MGM and Warner Bros., the new “Tomb Raider” film will be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (Oscar submission “The Wave”) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who’s also attached to write the fifth “Transformers” movie. Meanwhile, Vikander will appear in many films before “Tomb Raider,” including the newest “Jason Bourne” movie, and Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between The Oceans,” opposite Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.

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Comments

Bird

Guy Pearce’s "The Man From U.N.C.L.E? LMFAO

Beck

Wait, Lara Croft is not only badass, but extremely HOT! Body references seems lost in this casting. There’s a reason why Jolie’s body made the perfect Lara Croft, JLaw’s body for Mystique and Gal Gadot body makes the Wonder Woman. Let’s hope she can get rid of her weird always-the-same fake-brit accent in this movie. She has how many movies with characters portrayed supposed to be from different countries and cultures already, yet she never be able to lose her voice to the character.

Dave

She`s a just-ok actress but she`s so slight. Will she really be able to pull off the action/fight scenes convincingly? This reminds me of when Charlize Theron agreed to do Aeon Flux. Everyone thought it was cool at the time until the film was released. Vikander should’ve aimed higher than this.

Lena

Too bad Ridley signed her life away for Star Wars, which is great for her. They initially wanted someone young and badass, which is Ridley, but ended up with doe-eyed empty like Vikander – Oscar winner with no box office receipts.

John

One word: breasts!?

sign

Another 90 pound kick arse hero. Exactly what the movie industry loves.

Tavy

Hahaha "breasts!?" – exactly! I’m glad Ridley doesn’t go with this, although certainly Ridley would be a better fit. I honestly didn’t think this would have been good move for an actress seeking to establish versatility, and just looking at the parties involved with the production.. looks like dead on arrival.

Tyler Durden

#CareerSuicide

Anna

Gutted.Would`ve loved to see Daisy Ridley in this.

Dillon

I know the film is based on the Lara Croft from the new games (which shouldn’t be as forefront sexy as Jolie’s Croft) but ain’t she supposed to at least look physically good and tough? Vikander is petite and very slim, no bodyshaming but anyone with eyes can see that. Are they gonna CGI a figure on her? How on earth was Vikander’s body figure made into casting’s contention at the first place?

hb

I’m sorry but this is absurd. doesn’t anyone else see the problem here? Lara Croft is clearly a white, English character. I believe Vikander is Swedish? is it that hard to find a good English actor? seriously!

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