Hollywood had been flirting with a reboot of hit videogame series “Tomb Raider” for quite a while now. As you may recall, Angelina Jolie previously played the titular character, aka Lara Croft in a pair of so-so movies. Now, after a whole lot of uncertainty, Warner Bros & MGM are taking over where Paramount left off, and according to breaking news in The Hollywood reporter, the studios have cast another Academy Award winner for the role. It’s none other than current hot property Alicia Vikander, who won Best Supporting Actress for “The Danish Girl”.
Interestingly enough, all previous casting talk pointed at Daisy Ridley of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. Guess negotiations broke down between her and the producers. Neither one of these actresses are as err… well-endowed in the busom area, which is one of Lara Croft’s most distinctive attributes. All the same, I would’ve been more than happy to see Ridley in the role, and I am just as pleased that Swedish-born Vikander is officially it. She’s a great actress, and I’m curious to see how she handles action.
The reboot will be directed by another European, Norwegian Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”), from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Transformers 5”).
The very first “Tomb Raider” game was released in 1996 and went down as one of the most successful video games of its time. Two years back, the series and the character got a rebooted origin story, so it’s likely that the movie will take this new version.