Alicia Vikander to Star in new Tomb Raider Film
With all the rumors constantly surrounding Daisy Ridly to take on the role, Warner Brothers turned to Alicia Vikander to play Lara Croft in the end.
According to rumors over the past few months, Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Cara Delevigne and Gemma Arterton were all front runners for the role of Lara Croft in the rebooted Tomb Raider movie franchise. And even though Vikander’s name didn’t come up until this announcement, the studio isn’t settling.
Lara Croft is one of the most famous characters in video game history, with the Tomb Raider franchise selling more than 45 million games globally since her introduction. Although early on she fit the stereotype female game character look, recent version of the game have her with a more realistic and athletic body type as well as finding greater challenges out in the wild. With a realistic look and a deeper character, Warner Brothers new they needed somebody that could perform to fill the role.
Vikander fits the updated look and style of the character, and she has proven her acting chops more than once with recent successes including last year’s critically-acclaimed independent feature Ex Machina, where she starred opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac, as well as her award winning performance in The Danish Girl.
The first Tomb Raider film, starring Angelina Jolie, earned $274 million worldwide off a $115m budget while Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life made $156m in 2003 on a $95m budget. With success like that on two really bad adaptations, this reboot should spell success for the franchise, especially based on the recent success of the games, as well as the increase in women led geek-targeted films being released in recent years.
Roar Uthaug (The Wave) will direct from an Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5) penned screenplay. The film is set for release in October 2017.
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