The Tomb Raider franchise may be most well known for its series of games, but its most mainstream success came from the Angelina Jolie led film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and its less profitable sequel. The new reboot series of games has been very well received thus far and with that a new movie series was greenlit awhile back and an actress that is just coming off an Oscar win has been picked for the lead role.
Jolie played a really good Lara Croft back in the day based upon the style of character she was as a more experienced badass, but the reboot Lara is just starting out and requires a very different kind of actress. There were reports that Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s Daisy Ridley was the front runner for the role, but according to Deadline, it has now been revealed that Alicia Vikander is the new Lara.
Alicia Vikander is one of the hottest young names in the industry that really burst onto the scene in 2015 with major supporting roles in Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Danish Girl, the latter of which earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Vikander is only 27 years old, so she is the perfect age to play a Lara that is supposed to be on her first adventure, likely in very similar fashion to the recent reboot game series.
She is also starring in the upcoming Bourne movie alongside Matt Damon, so there is no question that she’s a star in the making and MGM, Warner Bros, and GK Films were wise to pick her for such a role. As a side note, it is kind of funny that she is currently dating Michael Fassbender who is set to star in the Assassin’s Creed movie later this year, which seems to make them the video game movie power couple.