Alicia Vikander Signs on to Star as Lara Croft in New ‘Tomb Raider’ Movie


It’s been at least a decade since Tomb Raider was a video game franchise powerful enough to create excitement to fuel a tentpole blockbuster, but that hasn’t stopped the recycling machine of Hollywood from making sure that film license stays good and good by writin’ up a reboot to the onetime Angelina Jolie-helmed franchise. The project has been in the works for a while now, but it’s just been announced that Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, star of Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, will replace her golden statue with a gleaming black pistol.

The Hollywood Reporter reports Vikander’s move, as well as the fact that Roar Uthaug will be directing. The movie, like all good, healthy reboots, will focus on a younger, fresher Croft, who has yet to marry Brad Pitt or involve herself in worldly politics to the point of becoming a member of the United Nations. Instead, Vikander’s Croft will be young and strong-headed, determined to find artifacts that were previously only dreamed of, so that she could make a fortune for herself while also making a name for herself, and women the world over.

That’s what one would assume, at least.