The Oscar winner takes on the globe-trotting explorer.
Fresh off her Oscar win for THE DANISH GIRL, Alicia Vikander will soon take on the role of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider. Croft is a British aristocrat who is a legacy in regards to searching faraway, exquisite places. Back in 1996 she earned her debut in the video game world. Since then, the character has been featured in an additional ten games, two films, and countless comics.
I’ve been a fan of the character since her introduction in the mid-90s, and now hearing that Vikander will be heading up the reboot, I couldn’t be more excited. Vikander has had a pretty meteoric rise the last few years. As mentioned, she earned film’s most prestigious honor this past February for THE DANISH GIRL, though it’s arguable she was more impressive in EX MACHINA. (If you’re looking for another film in her CV, check out 2009’s PURE, from her native Sweden on Netflix.)
Vikander will have the opportunity to somewhat show off her action chops later this year in JASON BOURNE, but TOMB RAIDER will be the first occasion that she will carry a film on her capable shoulders. She’s clearly a big name right now, and after scoring a bunch of awards this past season, it’s neat she’s putting this amount of faith in this genre picture. Not only that, but Lara Croft is a great character for female empowerment. Croft is a woman that travels the world, searching for artifacts and mysteries, and she kicks major ass while doing so. TOMB RAIDER is coming in 2017. Stay tuned.