Warner Bros. has found its new Lara Croft! Last month, Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout star Daisy Ridley confirmed that she had engaged in discussions with Warner Bros., MGM and GK Films to star as Lara Croft in their highly-anticipated Tomb Raider reboot. We never heard anything official about the actress’ casting, but, at the time, we also hadn’t heard about any other actresses who were in the running for the coveted role. Today, it was announced that it’s not Daisy Ridley who landed the role, but Ex Machina and The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander who will play the iconic video game adventurer.
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the actress has signed on to this reboot, which will focus on a much younger Lara Croft. We reported last month that this reboot will serve as an origin story for Lara, with the screenplay being adapted from the most recent Tomb Raider video game that was released back in 2013. On the big screen, Angelina Jolie originated the role in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, reprising the character in 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life.
We recently reported that Warner Bros. may be eyeing the Tomb Raider reboot for release in late 2017. The studio recently pushed The Jungle Book: Origins into 2018, setting an untitled “event film” for release in its old slot, October 6, 2017. There have been rumors that Tomb Raider could be eyed for this date, but that has not been confirmed. If that were the case, then shooting will have to start sometime this year. Now that the production has found its lead, we’ll have to wait and see how long it takes for the rest of the cast to fall into place. Daisy Ridley, who confirmed she was testing for the role, has since moved onto the fantasy thriller Kolma, which reunites her with J.J. Abrams, who is producing through his Bad Robot production company.
Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing Tomb Raider from a script by Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus (Iron Man), Evan Daugherty (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and Marti Noxon (The Glass Castle). If Tomb Raider does hit theaters on October 6, 2017, it will be going up against another mystery project, 20th Century Fox’s untitled Marvel movie. It isn’t known what other characters from the Tomb Raider video game will be cast in this big screen adventure.
Alicia Vikander is coming off a banner year in 2015, where she starred in the critically-acclaimed Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Burnt and The Danish Girl, the later of which landed the actress her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She will next be seen in the highly-anticipated Jason Bourne, The Light Between Oceans and Submergence. We’ll keep you posted with more casting details for Tomb Raider as soon as they’re announced.