‘Tomb Raider’: Alicia Vikander Cast as Lara Croft

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Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander has landed herself quite the potential franchise.

Vikander has been cast as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie from MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films. According to THR, Vikander will be starring in a film set to follow “a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.”

On board to direct the film is Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker who gathered attention last year for his disaster drama The Wave. The screenplay has been written by Evan Daugherty, whose co-writing credits thus far include Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, and 2014’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Daugherty is also attached as writer on Disney’s upcoming Snow White spinoff, Rose Red.

Vikander has been rising up the ranks quite quickly over last few years. The Swedish actress impressed in films such as A Royal Affair, Testament of Youth, and Ex Machina, and last year took home a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in The Danish Girl. Apart from Tomb Raider, Vikander’s upcoming films include Jason Bourne and The Light Between Oceans.

Angelina Jolie previously played Lara Croft in two features, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Neither was very well received. Fingers crossed this new Vikander-starring adaptation goes well.

We’ll keep you informed.

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