Alicia Vikander to Play Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

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“The Danish Girl” star Alicia Vikander has nabbed one of Hollywood’s most coveted leading roles.

Vikander will be playing Lara Croft in the MGM and GK Films’ “Tomb Raider” reboot, it was announced Thursday. Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug is on board to direct.

While other actresses had met for the role, including Daisy Ridley, source indicate that Vikander had always been the first choice. The reason for the delay of announcement was that the studio was waiting for a new draft of the script, sources say.

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MGM joined the project in 2013, acquiring rights to the popular video game to develop the feature in partnership with Graham King’s GK Films. King, who acquired “Tomb Raider” in 2011 from Square Enix, will serve as producer.

The original “Tomb Raider” was released in 1996 by London-based Eidos, which is now part of Square Enix. The games have sold over 35 million units. Square Enix released a reboot in 2013 with a younger Croft (now 21) being sent off on her first big adventure amid amped-up action and set pieces.

Paramount’s two films starring Angelina Jolie as the British archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

Warner Bros., which owned 20% of Eidos, subsequently launched development of a “Tomb Raider” project with Dan Lin producing, but the feature rights went to Square Enix after it bought Eidos in 2009 for $120 million.

Warners came on board in early 2015. MGM has teamed with the studio on “Hot Pursuit,” “Max” and “Creed.”

Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM; Drew Crevello is leading for Warners and Denis O’Sullivan for GK Films.

Vikander won an Oscar for her performance in “The Danish Girl,” and also garnered attention for her performance in “Ex Machina.” Coming up, the actress has the next movie in the Jason Bourne franchise and “The Light Between Oceans” opposite Michael Fassbender.

She is repped by UTA, Actors in Scandinavia and Tavistock Wood Management.

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  1. Witt Ness says:

    I think Alexandria Daddario would be great at this role. Shes athletic, pretty face, She can act and shes got the most beautiful natural puppies I have ever seen. Definitely Lara Croft worthy….the puppies I mean ;)

  2. ZackMc says:

    Emily Ratajkowski would be a better fit…them boobs, that face, them hair, that shape, …;-)

  3. Darren Allen says:

    If this is a movie based on the reboot of the Tomb Raider game series, I don’t understand why they just don’t use the same actor as in the game?? Camilla Luddington.

    • Taylor says:

      I can tell you why. She doesn’t look Indian enough. When they built the new games they let some fairly young developers envision the new Lara. They made her smaller weaker, and some one who does not always win. “More approachable, more like the girl next door, in other words “less threatening to men” of the current time who are afraid of their own shadow. It was all infuriating and they colored her to look like an Indian woman out of a Bollywood film. Thanks to all the Indians on the development team. They dumber her down in typical chauvinistic fashion. I guess she has to be the same in the movie. I will probably not bother watching it.

      • zidders says:

        …wtf are you talking about? ‘Less threatening to men’? You didn’t play it did you? She’s strong, capable and spends the majority of the game killing MEN. She’s not Indian, either. She’s British and Caucasian. You’ve never played it have you? You’re just talking out your tailhole to sound like you know better and as an excuse to be a bigot.

      • Devin says:

        Wtf are you talking about? She doesn’t even look Indian. Archaeologists aren’t usually very athletic people either so it would make sense that she is a bit smaller. Or would you rather have a skinny girl with huge boobs running around?

  4. Michal says:

    Have anyone considered the real apearence od Lara Croft from the begining of the series from 1996? Have anyone realise, the main feature of her apearence is her at most femininne body? And I mean it in the way of the nineties, not from today’s gender and sex correct point of view. If we should be totaly gender, race, sex, orientation, and what so ever, correct, we should let some dude play the role of Lara. But He wouldn’t be Lara. Beause Lara is The Woman. Look at the breast at least…

  5. Shrug. Does anyone even care about Lara Croft anymore? There are so many other video games these days that are more popular. I have no idea what the budget for this movie is, but unless they make it for $30 million or less – there’s a snowball’s chance in hell of breaking even and even less of a chance of making a proft. Vikander is a fine actress – but she’s not a box office draw anywhere in the world. Didn’t Ex-Machina prove that?

  6. I couldn’t care less. One actress or another… that reboot girl is NOT Lara Croft.

  7. Smash says:

    Alicia Vikander to Play Lara Croft!? After THE Angelina Jolie!!?
    Vikander is NOT Lara Croft material at all. Not by a long shot! She’s good. more than good. but, Lara Croft? No.
    This is a poor choice. I hope they change it.

  8. Adam says:

    Angelina Jolie is too old now by Hollywood standards so this change makes sense.

  9. IT--2--IT says:

    Again, someone –ANYONE! — –PLEASE! —-TWEET a new idea to
    the hidden masters of the 100% INTEL scripted, directed and RUN
    Hollywood franchise slum.

  10. WORST possible Lara Croft choice

  11. Jason P. says:

    She has the acting chops to play the part, but not the other “assets”. Hayley Atwell has both, plus a history of action roles.

    • huthut says:

      Atwell is fat, and I don’t mean just a little, she is super fat, which fits the 1940s, but not now. You’ll never see her in s scuba diving costume like Lara would. In “Agent Carter” most of her shots are just the top half and when she fights it’s stunt doubles.

      • Jason P. says:

        This is fat? What planet do you live on?

      • Dewi says:

        Atwell fat?Wrong choice of words. . she’s very curvy and top heavy, but I wouldn’t say fat. True, she doesn’t fit the body type, though and is best suited for the 1940’s look and someone who’s shapely yet very lean would be best. Why are they rebooting? I liked the original Tomb Raider films, they should just leave them as they are. . :P

  12. John says:

    Daisy Ridley would be the perfect choice.

  13. Jedi77 says:

    Could go either way, but I’m not psyched about this casting though.
    Of all the women I would have liked to see in the Croft outfit, Vikander isn’t one of them.

  14. Nadine says:

    The screenplay had been worked on by Hawk Ostby & Mark Fergus (Cowboys & Aliens), Evan Daugherty (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Marti Noxon (Fright Night). And now Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5) coming aboard to rewrite the script.
    This would be a flop

  15. Bs says:

    “One of hollywood’s most coveted leading roles” since when?
    Like that they obviously going with the new image Lara croft (Jolie could never play this one even in her prime), but seriously wondering why are they making another?
    I hope Prattchet wrote the script like she did the games. Bad choice of actor.

  16. Jake says:

    Good choice, previous Tomb Raider movies sucked.

  17. daniel says:

    Awful choice

  18. draco89 says:

    I can’t imagine her as Lara after Jolie set that precedent but I am willing to give her a chance because she is a darn good actress. Remember the recent BvS movie and that fans hated the casting of Affleck as Batman? Now everyone’s on board with him as Batman. I believe with the right amount of training, she could be amazing as Lara.

    • Dewi says:

      Yep, definitely agree with you there. . she could definitely pull it off. She did a great job in “A Royal Affair” and “Man from U.N.C.L.E, haven’t seen her other films, but yes, she becomes whatever role she’s playing.

  19. nathiest says:

    Horrid casting. Movie will bomb.

  20. Gyll says:

    Fassbender stans are taking over..

  21. Good luck Alicia, you’re going to need it.

  22. Jim says:

    She has the charisma of a plank of wood and she has such a tiny build.

    • Jamin Elvers says:

      Have you seen the last two Tomb Raider games? She’s actually designed like a real human now. Alicia is perfect for the new version actually.

      • Jason Prugar says:

        She was redesigned to pander to the feminist PC crowd. Her original design brought fans to the game and !Ade it popular. Jolie didn’t have the assets to play the character and neither does Alicia. I don’t like the new design and won’t be seeing the film.

      • Smash says:

        As I said; Vikander a very good acress, but not good for Lara Croft. not becouse she’s very different than last version of Lara by Jolie, or not just becouse she doesn’t have Lara Crofty action in her looks (or something like that. I don’t know how to say it).
        The thing is; she’s not even matches the new version of Lara Crofty in the games by Camilla Luddington! Maybe her Height matches, but nothing else.
        I just don’t think of Alicia as a Lara Croft material, you know.
        There are LOTS of better choices. Daisy Ridley is MUCH better!

    • She’s ridiculously charismatic.

  23. Lauren says:

    This is the worst casting decision in the history of the world.

  24. Brau says:

    I love her! I’m pretty sure she’s gonna make this character hers.

  25. andrew says:

    Vikander? She’s so bland even in that Tulip Fever trailer. It will be a flop

  26. grace says:

    So a 27 years old will play a 21 girl?

  27. Ken says:

    I think Vikander is a fine actor…but let’s face it: she sure ain’t no Angelina!

    • Katya says:

      Yes, this was my thought as well — how do you go from Angie at her peak hotness to this girl?

      • bloop says:

        By actually basing the casting on the rebooted games. Which is what they did. Lara is younger, inexperienced and even more shocking: looks like a human being, and not some inflated fool with padded breasts. The casting is fine, it’s the writers I’m worried about. They all have been linked to crappy projects that bombed.

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