It is confirmed – “Tomb Raider” has new Lara Croft and it is Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander.
The Swedish actress is set to step in as Lara Croft in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” reboot replacing Angelina Jolie who played Croft in the original movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vikander has already signed a deal to star in the upcoming “Tomb Raider” sequel for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films.
“The Wave” director Roar Uthaug will direct the movie. He said the reboot will be based on the current rebooted “Tomb Raider” video game series. In the updated video game series, archaeologist and explorer Lara Croft will bear less resemblance to Jolie, People magazine noted.
The “Tomb Raider” video game franchise has sold over 45 million copies worldwide since the first instalment was released 20 years ago.
The Lara Croft character is famously portrayed by Jolie on the big screen in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and in “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” in 2003.
“I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well,” Uthaug said in a recent interview about the franchise’s approach to Lara as a character.
It was previously rumoured that “Star Wars” actress Daisy Ridley had been in discussions to play the role. Ridley had addressed the rumours and said: “I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it,’” Entertainment Weekly reported.
The “Tomb Raider” reboot is rumoured to roll in cinemas on October 6, 2017, Cinema Blend noted.
Meanwhile, Alicia Vikander had just finished filming another franchise reboot, “Jason Bourne.” The Matt Damon movie is set to be released later this year. Vikander also starring in “Ex Machina,” “Burnt” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
The actress also recently won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her portrayal of painter Gerda Wegener in the movie “The Danish Girl.”