Variety is reporting that the new Tomb Raider film has chosen Ex Machina and The Danish Girl star Alicia Vikander as its Lara Croft. A number of actresses, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Daisy Ridley had tested for the role, but Vikander was always the first choice. The new Tomb Raider is coming from MGM, Warner Bros, and GK Films.
Tomb Raider will be directed by Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug, who previously directed Cold Prey and The Wave in his home country. The rights to the Tomb Raider film were acquired by Graham King's GK Films in 2011 and MGM joined the project in 2013. Warner Bros joined early last year, having previously held the film rights via a 20 percent stake in Eidos, prior to the company being purchased by Square Enix.
The film looks to be adapting the story of the 2013 reboot, with a young, untested Lara Croft learning to become the smug, sociopathic Tomb Raider we all know and love. I admit, I probably would've preferred Ridley, but Vikander is an amazing actress as well, so it's just a matter of hitting the gym a bit. I look forward to seeing her dropping arrows into the skulls of unsuspecting guards.
The previous Tomb Raider films starred Angelina Jolie and just barely made money. The first film, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, grossed $274 million with a production budget of $115 million. The second film, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, grossed $156 million on a budget of $95 million. A reboot project has been working its way around Hollywood for years at this point, much like the Uncharted film that Sony Pictures Entertainment assures us it's still making.