It was announced today that Alicia Vikander will be picking up the pistols of Lara Croft in a new reboot of the long-running series. The actor, who was recently featured in “The Danish Girl,” will be taking the lead-role as Lara Croft in the currently untitled installment.
The new “Tomb Raider” will be an MGM and GK Films’ production, the announcement of the casting came from Norwegian director Roar Uthaug.
The confirmation comes after months of speculation from fans of the series, as well as from the press, who have been throwing several major names into the ring leading up to today’s announcement. Previous guesses on who will take on the role had been “Star Wars” actor Daisy Ridley and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Camilla Luddington.
Luddington would be an obvious choice as a tie-in to the game franchise, the star voiced the role in both of the latest “Tomb Raider” games and fits the part perfectly.
The first Tomb Raider game released back in 1996, it was released from the then titled Eidos studios, which later became part of Square Enix. Luddington voiced the 2013 reboot of the series, which became a huge hit with players and even garnered a sequel.
The film became an MGM project back in 2013, after the studio acquired the rights to the franchise and began the partnership with Graham King (GK) studio. It was King that first picked-up the rights from gaming publisher Square Enix back in 2011. King will stay on as a producer for the new film.
Paramount Pictures released two “Tomb Raider” films, both starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. Those two films brought in over $430M for the studio and were released in 2001 and 2003. Though a commercial success, the films were criticized for being standard summer-action flicks.
Vikander will be the second Oscar winner to take on the role of the archeologist, after Jolie, and is expected to play a younger, less experienced Croft. The video-games took a similar route when rebooting the series, which fans responded well to. The new films are expected to follow Croft when she is only beginning her career as an archaeologist, not as an already unstoppable badass like Jolie was. Vikander won an Oscar for her performance in “The Danish Girl,” and found terrific success in her film “Ex Machina.”