It would seem that video games are getting primed to become the next big thing for Hollywood, with both Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed being two of the biggest attempts at bringing games to the big screen this year. While the quality of those films is still up in the air, the pairing of Warner Bros. and MGM have finally locked in their choice for Lara Croft in the latest take on the Tomb Raider franchise.
After much speculation, it has been confirmed that the actress set to take on the role of Croft is none other than Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Swedish Girl). While this news is sure to come as a surprise to those that believed Star Wars: Episode 7 – The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley was favored to secure the role, Variety reports that Vikander was the frontrunner and has indeed locked up the opportunity to portray Eidos’s adventurous archeologist and iconic Tomb Raider, Lara Croft.
Given the so-so sales of Rise of the Tomb Raider following its launch as a timed Xbox exclusive, it’s good to see that film studios still have faith in the property. Of course, much of that performance can be attributed to the fact that Microsoft had it locked to its home consoles and Fallout 4 launched on the same day. Even then, there’s little doubt that the game’s imminent arrival on PlayStation 4 should brighten up the current outlook – provided the significantly higher PC sales for Rise of the Tomb Raider haven’t already.
As for the likeness of Lara Croft, Vikander certainly seems like a solid candidate for the longstanding video game heroine. Given the success Alicia has had in her various roles, such as her recent Oscar win for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Danish Girl, there’s no doubt she has the chops to pull off the intensity and determination that undoubtedly accompanies a portrayal of Croft.
While it’ll likely still be quite some time before Tomb Raider appears in theaters, those hoping to see more of the franchise in the short term can check out the latest batch of downloadable content for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Those lacking a gaming PC or Xbox console, however, could always resort to watching the original pair of films starring Angelina Jolie, as well. Really, there’s no shortage of the IP wherever consumers wish to look.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is currently available on PC and Xbox One. The game is planned for a Holiday released on PlayStation 4 in 2016.