Alicia Vikander to Play Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

While the Tomb Raider video games have been really good, their cinematic adaptations haven't been met with the same love. The video game got two film adaptations starring Angelina Jolie, and both were less than desirable. But there really has yet to be a desirable video game movie. So with the reboot of the video game franchise in 2013, it was reported that a rebooted film series was to follow. But since the game's release, there has been little movement on the film. It will be directed by new filmmaker Roar Uthaug, but Lara Croft had yet to be cast. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakenss star Daisy Ridley was rumored to be in contention for the role, which I liked but didn't love. Ridley was fantastic in The Force Awakens, but it didn't seem like a match made in Heaven for me. But now we do officially have our Lara Croft.

Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) will play Lara Croft in the rebooted Tomb Raider film.

I really like this casting. It clicks more than Daisy Ridley for me. Vikander is a terrific actor. She was fantastic in Ex Machina, giving a believable and emotional performance as an artificial intelligence. I have yet to see The Danish Girl, which she won her Oscar for, but I'm sure she is great in it. She was in last year's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and will be in this year's Jason Bourne, so we know she can do action. So having Vikander play Lara Croft is just great. I think this adds a level of respectability to the film. I was interested in the film before because I like the video games, but now that I know that someone of Vikander's caliber will be starring, it brings my excitement to a whole different level. I think this film has a lot of potential, and could be a great video game movie adaptation, something we have yet to see.

What do you think? Are you excited that Alicia Vikander will be playing Lara Croft in Tomb Raider? Are you looking forward to seeing the film? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

Written by: Nate
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