Alicia Vikander is going to be raiding some tombs pretty soon.
The Hollywood Reporter broke news regarding the Swedish actress’s involvement with a video game property. She has reportedly been cast as Lara Croft, a.k.a. The Tomb Raider, in an upcoming reboot by MGM and Warner Bros.
This isn’t the first time Lara Croft has appeared on the big screen. Angelina Jolie was the first to portray the character in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, then again in a 2003 sequel titled The Cradle of Life. But since the video game series’ reboot in 2013, GK Films have been looking to update the franchise with a new version of the character, and they apparently trust Vikander in bringing that version to life.
It’s been a long casting process for the character too. For the longest time, actresses Jaimie Alexander, Hayley Atwell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and even the Star Wars breakout Daisy Ridley were all being considered for the role, the last of which even spoke to Deadline. But the studios eventually settled for Vikander, which is not a bad choice for the role at all.
Vikander’s recent career success has spread like a wildfire. In last year alone, she portrayed the robotic Ava in the sci-fi drama Ex Machina, a thief-turned-CIA specialist in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and a loyal yet confused wife in The Danish Girl, the last of which won her the Academy Award for best supporting actress. Later this year, she will also star in the conspiracy-action-thriller Jason Bourne, alongside the likes of Matt Damon and Tommy Lee Jones. If you can’t tell from her already diverse filmography, she’s definitely more than ready for the role. Now it’s just a matter of the studio, writers and director giving Vikander an interesting character to portray.
What do you guys think? Are you excited for Vikander becoming Lara Croft, or do you think she should stay buried in the tomb?
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– David Dunn
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline