The New 'Tomb Raider' Will Be 'Ex Machina' Breakout Alicia Vikander

The New 'Tomb Raider' Will Be 'Ex Machina' Breakout Alicia Vikander

Apr 28, 2016

Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider

A few weeks ago rumors started swirling around that Star Wars: The Force Awakens breakout Daisy Ridley had become the top contender to play Lara Croft in a cinematic Tomb Raider reboot. That seemed like a pretty safe choice. Ridley killed in Star Wars, she's got a lot of charisma and makes action look easy. Plus, she's British, just like Croft. Fans rejoiced at the idea.

And now those fans may be disappointed. Ridley did not land the job after all. In stead MGM has cast the breakout of another 2015 sci-fi movie instead: Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander.

Really either actor would would have been a great fit for the role of a woman who forgoes a safe, comfortable life in the upper crust of society to become a brave, bold adventurer instead, so hopefully fans see this as a win no matter what.

The new movie will be directed by Roar Uthaug, the very talented Norwegian filmmaker behind the slasher Cold Prey and the fantastic disaster movie, The Wave. And, yes, his real name is Roar.

The movie is expected to follow closer to the recent game reboot of Lara Croft. She's now less of a blatant gunslinging, archeologist as she was when the old Playstation games served as the inspiration for the pair of Angelina Jolie movies. Now she's a more athletic, shoved-through-the-gauntlet survivor type, so expect Vikander's Croft to be a bit tougher and more serious than the Jolie version.

 

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