Academy Award-winning actress Alicia Vikander has officially signed up to play the iconic Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider film remake.
MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. They acquired the rights from GK Films, who had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd.
The casting news comes just months after, Alicia won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, opposite Eddie Redmayne.
The film doesn’t have a release date yet but is known to be an origin story that follows a younger Lara.
According to the casting reports the newly rebooted Tomb Raider will ‘tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure’, seemingly taking inspiration from the most recent Tomb Raider games which focus on a young Lara Croft finding her feet.
The last time we saw Tomb Raider on the big screen, Angelina Jolie played the titular character, starring as Croft in both 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Both Jolie films were poorly received by critics, but the first was a big box office success.
The first movie debuted at number one with $48.2 million, giving Paramount its second-best debut and the fifth-highest debut of 2001. It beat the opening record for a film featuring a female protagonist (($42.3) million for Scary Movie) as well as the opening record for a video game adaptation ($31 million for Pokémon: The First Movie).
Overall is the third most successful video game adaptation to date, grossing $274,703,340 worldwide, behind only Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Resident Evil: Afterlife
The Tomb Raider franchise often styled as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider originated with an action-adventure video game series created by British gaming company Core Design.
The games have sold over 45 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling video game franchises. The series has generally met with critical acclaim.
The gameplay generally focuses on the action-adventure exploration of environments, solving puzzles, navigating hostile environments filled with traps, and fighting numerous enemies.
In both the games and films, Lara Croft is presented as a beautiful, intelligent, and athletic English archaeologist-adventurer who ventures into ancient, hazardous tombs and ruins around the world.
“The Wave” director Roar Uthaug is on board to direct the reboot
“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.
As for Alicia Vikander, though not (yet) a household name, she does have an impressive resume, appearing in the sci-fi film Ex Machina (for which she was nominated for Golden Globe and Bafta awards for her gripping performance) and she’s recently finished filming alongside Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, which is out later this year.
This year, Alicia Vikander will also star in Tulip Fever alongside Christopher Waltz and The Light Between Oceans, alongside Michael Fassbender and Rachel Weisz.