Won’t be hard to replace Angelina Jolie.
Well, we have our Lara Croft. Alicia Vikander has offically signed on to star in the Tomb Raider reboot as the titular character. There have been rumblings of a reboot for a whlie, especially after the reboot of the video game series reinvigorated interest in the franchise. It was only a matter of time before the ball really got rolling on a new film. This marks the latest in upcoming video game films, and I feel we are standing on the precipice of a video game movie explosion, with Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, and Ratchet and Clank set to debut this year alone.
Vikander will be replacing Angelina Jolie, star of the first two Tomb Raider films. It’s not like those films are well regarded (they’re honestly terrible) so those shoes should be fairly easy to fill.
Vikander has really impressed me with her performance in Ex Machina, and she was easily the best part of the dreadful The Danish Girl, so I’m happy to see her moving on to bigger projects. Tomb Raider was never a franchise I really cared that much about, but having a real talent like Vikander sign on is enough to garner my interest.
A release date has yet to be set, but the film will be directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave) and will be an adaptation of the 2013 reboot of the franchise, detailing Lara Croft’s very first adventure.