Swedish actress Alicia Vikander looks ready to kick some ass as Lara Croft in the first official photos of Tomb Raider, the new movie adaptation of the famous video game of the same name born in 1996.
At 28 years old, Vikander succeeds Angelina Jolie as the action heroine who will, this time, find herself searching for her father on an uncharted Chinese island after he went missing looking for an ancient dagger.
Behind the camera we will find Norwegian director Roar Uthaug – who ‘made waves’ in Hollywood with his 2015 disaster movie, The Wave – for a reboot that will offer a fresh take on the character of Lara Croft, who at only 21 years old, will be given a new, more detailed backstory. Uthaug said: “I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well. I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.”
Despite her current popularity after she brilliantly performed in the independent movies Ex Machina and The Danish Girl – for which she received the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress – the announcement that Vikander would play Croft came as a surprise, especially after Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, Daisy Ridley, was said to be first in the list of favorites.
In a recent interview with Fandango, the actress didn’t hide her excitement to play the famous adventurer: “I am thrilled at being a part of such a classic character and getting the chance to do something very different, hopefully.”
Set to be released on March 16, 2018, Tomb Raider will also star Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, Alexandre Willaume, and Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Lara’s missing father.