Speculation has run riot over the last couple of months in regards to who will take over as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot – but now MGM has confirmed that Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander will fill the shoes of Lara Croft, last portrayed by fellow Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie.
There had been rumours that Star Wars star Daisy Ridley was in the advanced talks with studio heads over the role but clearly that had just been hearsay as Vikander had always been the number one choice, due largely in part to her role in Ex Machina and the Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl, alongside Eddie Redmayne.
Details regarding the plot for the reboot to the popular video game are still sketchy but it appears MGM has signed a multi-picture deal with Vikander, in hopes that this reboot will fair a lot better at the box office than the last franchise.
MGM, who acquired the rights to the video game back in 2013, have also hired Norwegian filmmakers Roar Uthaug to direct the reboot, which will prove his big break in Hollywood having only directed films in his native homeland up until now.
Though an official release date is yet to be set, sources close to MGM are looking at a 2018 summer release.