'Tomb Raider' Reboot Cast: Alicia Vikander Will Play Lara Croft; Beats Out Daisy Ridley For Role

By Daniel Joseph, Parent Herald April 29, 04:39 am

Alicia Vikander has been announced to play one of the greatest video game characters of all time, Lara Croft, in the "Tomb Raider" reboot. "The Danish Girl" star will be replacing Angelina Jolie as the iconic female character.

The character of Lara Croft in the "Tomb Raider" reboot is one of the most coveted leading roles for female actors, Yahoo reports. Alicia Vikander has beaten other female actresses—like "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" star Daisy Ridley—for the role of the feisty archeologist, according to Mirror.

The first "Tomb Raider" game was released in 1996 and the character of Lara Croft quickly became one of the most popular video game characters in the world. Paramount Pictures also produced two "Tomb Raider" movies, released in 2001 and 2003, starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

Alicia Vikander became a hot prospect for many movie studios after her critically-acclaimed performance in "Ex-Machina." She followed it up with another critically-acclaimed performance in "The Danish Girl," which gave her an Academy Award for best-supporting actress.

Alicia Vikander has other big roles on the horizon besides playing Lara Croft in the "Tomb Raider" reboot, to be directed by Norweigan filmmaker Roar Uthaug. "The Danish Girl" actress will star alongside Matt Damon in the new "Jason Bourne" movie and Michael Fassbender in "The Oceans Between Us."

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