Over the past few weeks there have been talks about Daisy Ridley (The Force Awakens) signing on to play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. So much talks that I actually got excited about the idea, and expected an announcement of her casting soon. But out of left field comes news (via. THR) that Alicia Vikander will now star as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.
With all due respect to the amazing Daisy Ridley, I think Vikander is the better choice for this role. No one had a bigger year last year in Hollywood, than Alicia Vikander. She won an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, and will also be seen this year in Jason Bourne. More importantly though is that Ridley already has a major franchise under her belt with Star Wars. Now Vikander has found hers in the genre that looks to have a very promising year in 2016.
The direction of Tomb Raider will be an origin story that will reportedly follow the reboot of the 2013 video game, where a young and untested Croft will fight to survive her first adventure. Judging by the trailer and photos of the video game, it looks like the upcoming reboot will have a darker tone, which, if it worked for the video game it can work for the movie.
Roar Uthaug will direct Tomb Raider. Last year he directed the drama/thriller The Wave, which was a story that focused on survival. Considering the director, and now star for Tomb Raider, I’d say this property is in very good hands, and looks to be another exciting video game to movie adaptation.
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