Alicia Vikander, best known for Ex Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., has been cast as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the MGM and Warner Bros. co-produced film will see Roar Uthaug (The Wave) direct, working alongside producer Graham King.

This report may come as a shock to those who have been keeping a close eye on the film’s casting news. Just weeks ago, rumors were swarming that Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley was in talks for the role. Days later, she confirmed the rumor as fact, stating, “I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’.” Apparently, that exchange did not take place.

But don’t fret, the iconic role of Lara Croft is still in good hands, as far as casting is concerned. Vikander is also well known for her Oscar-winning role in The Danish Girl. At least fans can be sure the franchise following in the foot steps of Angelina Jolie’s go as the archaeologist has yet another acclaimed actress at the helm.

The film, rumored to release in 2017, “will tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.” Does this mean she’ll stress over killing a man for five minutes, then kill another two dozen moments later? We’ll have to wait and see. All jokes aside, if the films are set to follow the game franchise’s 2013 reboot and sequel, at the very least, the character’s story arc is sure to be fascinating to watch.

 

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With Rise of the Tomb Raider hitting PlayStation 4 later this year and now this fantastic news, there can’t be a better way to celebrate the heroine’s 20th year anniversary.

 

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