Ex Machina star set to play Lara Croft in new Tomb Raider film

That Tomb Raider film has taken a huge step towards becoming real, with the team officially signing their Lara Croft. After rumours of Daisy Ridley circulated earlier this year, it’s now confirmed that Alicia Vikander is stepping into the explorer boots left vacant by Angelina Jolie, and the actress has already prompted a polarised response from fans.

Alicia Vikander, your new Lara Croft

Alicia Vikander, your new Lara Croft

Last year, Vikander won an Oscar for her performance in The Danish Girl, while also starring in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Burnt and Ex Machina. She was reportedly signed to appear alongside Michael Fassbender in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation, but dropped out to join the cast of Jason Bourne.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter claims her video game tie-in movie is on a slightly different scale, playing one of the most iconic characters in gaming history.

Comparisons to Angelina Jolie (who appeared in both 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life) are inevitable, but Vikander is playing a very different archaeologist. The upcoming film, directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), is an origin story much like the two recent games, sending young Lara Croft off on her first adventure.

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