The next Lara Croft has been announced, but it isn’t Daisy Ridley! Although rumors swirled that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress was up for consideration for the Tomb Raider reboot, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Swedish actress Alicia Vikander will be the one taking on the role of Lara Croft.
Because she only burst onto Hollywood’s radar just last year, Vikander is an actress you might not know by name yet, but chances are, you’ve seen her before. In 2015 alone, Vikander had roles in six movies with three starring roles: The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Danish Girl, and Ex Machina. The latter two films were particularly well-received by critics, and Vikander scored British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Golden Globe acting nominations, and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Needless to say, it’s been a whirlwind few years for the 27-year-old. Nabbing the starring role in a new action franchise must be only icing on the cake. But how excited should we be about our new Lara Croft? Let’s take a look at Vikander’s credentials.
We all know that Lara Croft is English, and Vikander isn’t. But is that a deal breaker? Of course not. Although Vikander is Swedish, she’s played English characters in a number of films, including Testament of Youth and A Royal Affair. Plus, Angelina Jolie is American and had to learn an English accent for her role in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. If we can accept an American actress in the role, then Swedish has to be okay.
Because the Tomb Raider reboot is going to be based on the rebooted Tomb Raider video games, Vikander should maybe be a little younger in order to play that version of Lara Croft. In Tomb Raider (2013), the character is 21. But Vikander is in the age-range, and actors play young all the time. Besides, 27 isn’t too old to have a life-changing adventure.
If you’re worried about how Vikander will handle the action required in the Tomb Raider reboot, you should stop worrying. While may not have done action on this scale before, Vikander’s next movie to hit theaters is Jason Bourne, the fifth movie in the Bourne franchise. She talked to The Wrap about her role in terms of action, saying, “I’m not doing the conventional action but I’m very action-driven in this film. But it’s not in the way most people would think.”
Vikander’s acting career to date has shown she is a skilled actress, which will be useful if the reboot uses Lara Croft’s new backstory where Lara finds herself shipwrecked on an island. Another pro for the actress: she was always the first choice for the role.
Clearly, Alicia Vikander checks out, and as long as she has a good script to support her, this could be the Tomb Raider franchise we’ve been waiting for.
As of now, the Tomb Raider reboot has no official release date, but Heroic Hollywood reports we could see the movie as early as 2017. With Warner Brothers’ Jungle Book recently pushed back, the October 6, 2017 date is now being held for an untitled WB event film. The Tomb Raider reboot could be the movie taking that date.
What do you think of the casting choice? Are you disappointed that the Daisy Ridley rumor wasn’t true? Is Alicia Vikander a perfect Lara Croft? Most importantly, does this mean we’ll finally get a good Tomb Raider movie?