Monday, May 2, 2016

Alicia Vikander to star in 'Tomb Raider' reboot

Even though the first of four major video game adaptations (Focus' Ratchet and Clank) fell flat this weekend, the major studios are still moving full steam ahead with a variety of other films based on beloved properties. Sony's The Angry Birds Movie, Universal's Warcraft, and Fox's Assassin's Creed will all hit theaters this year, and the stakes couldn't be higher. On top of the films that are already in the can, there are many other video game adaptations currently in development. Warner Bros. and MGM's Tomb Raider reboot is one of those films, and so far, it has generated quite a bit of discussion, mostly due to the fact that Daisy Ridley was rumored for the lead role of Lara Croft. The Star Wars actress was looking to add another franchise to her already impressive portfolio, and the general fan reaction was enthusiastic. However, it looks like another talented young actress has swooped in and taken the role from Ridley.

On Thursday, it was announced that Alicia Vikander, Oscar-winning star of The Danish Girl, will play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug will be at the helm for the film, which doesn't currently have a set release date. According to the sources at Variety, despite the rumors that Ridley was set to join the cast, Vikander was always the studio's first choice for the role. After a hugely successful 2015, in which she appeared in films like Ex Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (in addition to her Oscar win), Vikander will have an equally busy 2016. She'll next appear in Justin Chadwick's Tulip Fever, Paul Greengrass' Jason Bourne and Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans. Vikander is a terrific actress, and while I'm not entirely sold on the idea of a Tomb Raider reboot, I'm confident that she will be phenomenal in the role. This is a good start for a franchise that could prove to be very successful for Warner Bros. and MGM. 

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