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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