A New Face for Lara Croft

Tomb Raider and Lara Croft herself has been represented in many different ways alongside a video game series, such as comic books, a animated TV show (where she was voiced by Minnie Driver) and 2 live action movies (portrayed by Angelina Jolie). So it comes as no surprise that with the reboot of the series was began in 2013 that there is going to be a rehash of the movies as well.

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Lara also famously starred in the commercials for Lucozade

As previously mentioned, there were 2 Tomb Raider movies released – Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) – starring the well-known Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie. While the movies were perceived as box-office flops (mainly by non-fans), they were the highest grossing video game movie adaptions until Prince of Persia: Sands of Time was released almost a decade later (2010).

The posters for the first Tomb Raider movie (left) and the second (right)

News of the new Tomb Raider movie began last year after GK Films confirmed they had ascertained the film rights back in 2011 and had attached a director to the project. So far, no word has been given on the director themselves but so far GK Films, Warner Bros. and MGM are involved in the development. The role was offered to Megan Fox (Transformers), Kirsten Stewart (Twilight) and Olivia Wilde (House, M.D and Cowboys and Aliens) but they all turned it down. Other actresses, such as Jennifer Love Hewitt (Ghost Whisperer), Peyton List (Mad Men) and Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) were also considered for the role but the main contender was Daisy Ridley, best known as Rey from Star Wars VII: Force Awakens (and future Star Wars titles). Ridley confirmed her interest in the movie during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, however she lost the role to Alicia Vikander just three days ago (28th April via Variety).

Model and actress Cara Delevingne (left) and Games of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke (right) were also considered for the role

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress who grew up in Gotheburg but currently lives the United Kingdom. While she had not done many roles (28 according to her IMDB profile), she is probably best known for her acting in Anna Karenina (2012), Testament of Youth (2014), Ex Machina (2015) and The Danish Girl (2015).

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Well, she least she has 2 things in common with our previous Lara Croft actress, Angelina Jolie – she is not of British nationally (much like Lara is in the games) and she is a Oscar winner (Jolie won hers for her role in Girl, Interrupted while Vikander won hers for her portrayal in The Danish Girl).

Jolie (left) in 1999 with her Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Vikander (right) with her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress this year (2016)

This is also not Vikander’s first touch with video game movie adaptions – she had a role in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie but turned it down (along with her role in The Circle) to be in Jason Bourne (2016).

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Now that the main actress has been cast, I wouldn’t be surprised if they give more details about the movie bit by bit over in the upcoming months. All I know if that it will be based on the 2013 reboot game, so it’s promising already. All we can do is give Alicia Vikander a chance, right?

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Check out Alicia Vikander’s IMDB profile here. Hope you enjoyed – it’s a little bit different to what I usually do. Take care until next week!

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