Having just come off of an incredible year in 2015, including receiving the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl at the Oscars in March, Alicia Vikander continues to increase her star power through delivering consistently high level performances in every film she appears in. Really, it was only a matter of time before the 27-year-old found herself being bombarded with phone calls offering franchise leading roles.
Recent speculation on MGM‘s Tomb Raider reboot had placed Star Wars: the Force Awakens break out star Daisy Ridley at the centre of the reports with regards to the casting of Lara Croft, but from this news, coming from THR, the studio has made their decision to place Vikander in the leading role, and honestly we think it’s a good move. As previously stated, the young actress is very talented indeed and adding such talent to your film is never a bad idea.
The new Tomb Raider, then, seems as though it will go in a different direction to its predecessors, which saw Angelina Jolie portray the character, that ultimately left fans of the original video game series disappointed. Overall, Jolie’s incarnation often delved into the stereotypes that the game developers had been trying to push Lara away from, with more of an emphasis on style rather than substance. With Alicia Vikander though, MGM have the opportunity to provide a fresh take, and perhaps place more of the source material into the story.
It would be a sure fire bet that the studio will be aiming for a sequel/s with the current landscape in Hollywood, and its cinematic universe-building franchises, and so this will very likely be Vikander’s largest role yet (financially) that could see a full series of films built around her.
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Tomb Raider has yet to receive an official release date.