Vikander, who won an Oscar last year for her role in The Danish Girl, will play Croft (it had previously been rumoured that Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley was the frontrunner to play the title role). The Hateful Eight‘s Walton Goggins will star as the main villain of the piece, while Daniel Wu, who previously starred in Into The Badlands, will play a ship captain who helps Croft in her mission to find her father.
The third adaptation of the successful video game franchise, which debuted in 1996, will be released worldwide on March 28, 2018. The new film will follow two previous Tomb Raider movies, which saw Angelina Jolie play the main character in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Production began last month (January).
Camilla Luddington, the actress who voices Lara Croft in the latest Tomb Raider video games, previously backed the casting of Vikander. “I feel like with any Lara Croft, someone is always taking over that role,” Luddington told Entertainment Weekly. “Of course I would’ve loved to do the live-action movie version of it, but she’s Alicia and she’s amazing. So I’m excited to see her interpretation too of the game.”
First ‘Tomb Raider’ Set Photos Reveal Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft
Production is finally underway on that long-developing Tomb Raider reboot, as Alicia Vikander is ditching period dramas for a swashbuckling adventure. The Oscar-winning The Danish Girl actress scored the lead role in Tomb Raider after scene-stealing work in Tom Hooper’s quiet drama and a breakout turn in the tremendous sci-fi pic Ex Machina. Vikander fills the role of Lara Croft in the video game adaptation, playing the only daughter of an aristocratic family who ventures out into dangerous locations in search of ancient artifacts with supernatural powers.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) helms the Warner Bros. reboot, which also has Walton Goggins set as villain Father Mathias Vogel, Daniel Wu as ship captain Lu Ren, and Dominic West as Croft’s father Lord Richard Croft. This, of course, is a new version of the story as Angelina Jolie previously led two prior films that were met with mixed response, but Goggins previously teased us with his excitement about this new take:
“I’m just so excited about it! I’m such a big fan of Alicia and this director, Roar [Uthaug]. Quite honestly, the script feels like it’s already been in the world, in some ways. The structure and the foundation of this story is so solid and so interesting. It’s so unbelievably entertaining, and yet it’s real in the journey that it takes you on. And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I’m just looking forward to getting in his head. I’m really, really, really excited about it.”
This isn’t Vikander’s first foray into action—she shined in the criminally underseen The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and also had a key supporting role in last year’s Jason Bourne—but this is Vikander’s first major solo lead role, and it’s significant in that she’s kicking off her own action franchise. Her talent as a performer is undeniable, but video game movies have proven tough to crack, even as 2016 offered promising entries Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft. But despite prestige talent both in front of and behind the camera on those films, both were met with middling reviews—though I still think Warcraft has merit. Will Tomb Raider finally crack the code? We’ll find out in just over a year.
Tomb Raider reboot: First pictures of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft revealed
Alicia Vikander has finally been pictured on set as Lara Croft for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
The Oscar-winning actress stars as Croft, while The Hateful Eight's Walter Goggins will appear as the film's central villain.
Daily Mail published a series of pictures from the set giving the first glimpse of Vikander in her new role, which you can see below, after filming began in January.
Vikander starred in 2015's The Danish Girl with Eddie Redmayne, which won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
The Tomb Raider reboot marks the third adaptation of the video game franchise, which debuted in 1996. It is set for worldwide release on 28 March 2018.
It follows two previous Tomb Raider films that starred Angelina Jolie as the main character, in 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Camilla Luddington, who voices Lara Croft in the most recent Tomb Raider video games, has previously praised Vikander and said she was looking forward to seeing her interpretation of the role.
"I feel like with any Lara Croft, someone is always taking over that role," she told Entertainment Weekly. "Of course I would have loved to do the live-action movie version of it, but she's Alicia and she's amazing. So I'm excited to see her interpretation too of the game."