Vikander beat out a bevvy of other actresses for the high-profile part, most notably "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star Daisy Ridley. But according to Variety, Vikander was always filmmakers' top choice, and her casting announcement was merely delayed because studio MGM was awaiting a new version of the flick's script.
Landing an actress with so much buzz -- and awards cred -- is a huge coup for filmmakers, and a nice coincidence for the franchise: The previous actress to play Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie, also won a best supporting actress trophy (for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted") before she joined the series.
Accolades aside, Vikander's casting completes a key piece of the puzzle for the film franchise, which stalled out after the last Jolie-fronted outing, "The Cradle of Life," bowed in 2003. But thanks to a renewed interest in the video game source material (which itself was rebooted in 2013, featuring a younger Lara Croft), the movie series has gotten back on track. Now with Vikander officially on board, cameras can finally begin to roll.
The as-yet-untitled "Tomb Raider" reboot will be directed by Roar Uthaug. No release date has been announced yet.
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This live action feature is inspired by the most successful interactive video-game character in history -- Lara Croft. Beautiful and brainy, Lara (Angelina Jolie) is the heroine of Eidos Interactive's phenomenally successful "Tomb Raider" game series. It is one woman's fearless quest criss-crossing the globe, in an amazing attempt to save the world. Read More