At long last. The world can go back to normal. We finally have another Tomb Raider.
And in keeping with decades-old Tomb Raider tradition, the makers of the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot have cast the most recent Best Supporting Actress winner who, unlike the character she will portray on screen, isn’t British. So just think, we came this close to getting Lupita Nyong’O as Tomb Raider. Now THAT would have been cool.
But in all fairness, Alicia Vikander is also cool. After an incredible year in which she starred in Oscar-winning sci-fi dramas (Ex Machina), Oscar-winning transexual dramas (The Danish Girl) and also The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Seventh Son (neither of which were as bad as advertised), she’s poised for old-fashioned superstardom.
So it makes sense that she would accept the role of Lara Croft, a.k.a. “Tomb Raider,” to help solidify her A-list status. It’s a franchise with a lot of potential that, frankly, wasn’t realized over the course of the previous two films, which starred Angelina Jolie (who at the time was fresh off her own Best Supporting Actress Oscar win for Girl, Interrupted). There’s a lot of room for improvement, if the material is handled like a real blockbuster, and not just another Indiana Jones knockoff.
Warner Bros., MGM and GK Films have selected Roar Uthaug (The Wave) to direct the Tomb Raider reboot. Alicia Vikander reportedly beat out Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley for the role. Hollywood Reporter broke the story.