We have ourselves a new Lara Croft. But hey, wait a second, it’s not Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley.
No, instead it’s Alicia Vikander who has been cast in the reboot which will tell the story of a young Croft fighting to survive through her first adventures.
Rumours had swirled for months that Ridley was primed to succeed Angelina Jolie as the famous video game character, but Vikander has now been chosen after the script was completed.
While rumors swirled of Daisy Ridley being in the mix, sources indicate Vikander always seemed to be in the driver seat and that the reason for a delay in the offer had to do with waiting for a new draft of the script to be delivered to the studio.
Paramount’s two films starring Angelina Jolie as the Brit archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.
Vikander, like Ridley, had a breakthrough year in 2015, starring in The Danish Girl and the critically-acclaimed sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, alongside Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. She can next be seen in Jason Bourne and is starring alongside The Light Between the Oceans opposite her real-life love interest Michael Fassbender.
Although we were excited at the prospect at seeing Ridley star in another exciting franchise, Vikander is an excellent choice for the role. She has proven herself to be versatile and immensely talented – she capped a wonderful 2015 by scooping the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl. It’s tough to argue that the studio has picked a very strong candidate here. Watch some of her work below: