The Tomb Raider reboot has finally found its Lara Croft! And she’s an Oscar-winning actress.
According to a report over at The Hollywood Reporter, Alicia Vikander has signed on the dotted line to play the Indiana Jones & Allan Quatermain-inspired English archaeologist in the new Tomb Raider movie.
Just last year, the busy Swedish actress starred in Ex Machina, The Man From UNCLE and The Danish Girl, for which she won an Academy Award as best supporting actress at this year's Oscars. This year, Vikander will be seen in The Light Between Oceans and Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. Vikander was at one point considered for a role in another video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed, but she chose to film the new Bourne movie instead.
Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) and produced by Graham King, the live-action adaptation of Square Enix’s popular video game franchise will a see a young and untested Lara Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. The movie will be a new origin story based on the 2013 rebooted game.
Just last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley had been rumored to be one in a number of actresses the Warner Bros and MGM action-adventure movie was considering, but the role has gone to Vikander.
The kickass role was previously played by Angelina Jolie (another Oscar-winner) in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and its sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).
What do you think of Alicia Vikander as the new Lara Croft?