It looks like the up and coming Tomb Raider film has found its Lara Croft. Turns out, it’s not Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead Daisy Ridley.
Alicia Vikander, who earned an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in The Danish Girl, has been confirmed as the next Lara Croft, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The article has been shared on Twitter by GK Films, from whom the rights were acquired to Tomb Raider by Warner Bros. and MGM. With MGM overseeing the project, Warner Bros. and MGM are set to co-produce the film, with Graham King named as producer. A release date for the film has yet to be announced (via. GameSpot).
The Wave’s Roar Uthaug has signed on to direct the film. According to The Reporter, the story will “ell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.”
Angelina Jolie was the first (and last) actor to play Lara in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, which helped establish her as an international star.
Last year, alongside her Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl, Vikander also starred in Ex Machina, Burnt and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. This year looks to be another positive year for the actress, as she’ll be appearing in drama The Light Between Oceans and action flick Jason Bourne.