Alicia Vikander cast as the new, rebooted Lara Croft: great choice or meh?

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The last time we heard anything about the reboot of the Lara Croft franchise, it was last month, when we learned that Daisy Ridley was in talks to play Lara. The reboot, we heard, would focus on Lara’s earlier years, her college-student years, before she became the buxom Tomb Raider played by Angelina Jolie. Daisy is 24 years old, and while petite, would have been able to handle the physicality of the role. But producers decided to go with someone else: 27-year-old Alicia Vikander, a Swede. Vikander is fresh off the awards season, and this is the first role she’s landed since winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Danish Girl. Vikander also landed a supporting role in Jason Bourne, which filmed late last year and early this year, but I don’t think her part was very physical? I’m just saying… Vikander is a veteran of costume dramas, not physical action work. But I guess she impressed producers.

Alicia Vikander has been cast today as Lara Croft for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films in Tomb Raider. The reboot will tell the story of a young and untested Lara Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing. MGM and Warner Bros are co-producing the film with MGM overseeing production. They acquired film rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased film rights in 2011 from Square Enix LTD. Graham King is serving as producer.

This is the latest plum role for Vikander, and arguably her highest-profile one yet. She next co-stars in Jason Bourne opposite Matt Damon. Her success continues to rise following a successful 2015 that saw her performance in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl win an Academy Award for best supporting actress as well as a memorable turn in Ex Machina as possibly the best-looking and ruthless robot in the history of cinema. She also has The Light Between Oceans opposite Michael Fassbender in the pipelines. That film has been generating awards-season buzz even though it will not be released before the end of the year.

This was a role that every young actress was after with Daisy Ridley, Cara Delevigne, Emilia Clarke and Saoirse Ronan all rumored at some point. Vikander looks a strong choice for this potential franchise, given she has form with a perfect English accent. She is currently filming Submergence for Wim Wenders opposite James McAvoy.

[From Deadline]

“…Given she has form with a perfect English accent…” If you say so, Deadline. Given the shortlist, I do think Vikander was probably the strongest choice, side-by-side with Daisy Ridley. I kind of wonder if Daisy would have been a bigger contender for this role if only her schedule for Star Wars was a bit looser. Anyway… this Lara Croft reboot was never going to be for me. It’s for a new generation of fan-boys and fan-girls who want to see a different, less buxom version of Lara Croft. I wish them well and I hope the scripts are better than the Jolie-version scripts.

Also… The Light Between Oceans got pushed back for a fall release? I wonder if a lot of people want TLBO to just disappear. Given the absolutely awful source book, the movie was never going to be good.

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  1. Jules says:

    Well, at least it wasn’t Jennifer Lawrence……….Hollywood actually thought of someone else.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Alicia is getting so many roles, I think she is Jennifer Lawrence 2.0. Hollywood seems to love throwing every opportunity at someone until we are tired of seeing them everywhere.

      • Grace says:

        “Alicia is getting so many roles, I think she is Jennifer Lawrence 2.0. ”

        No. In terms of charisma and star persona, Vikander isn’t even remotely close to Lawrence. And her movies were a flop (U.N.C.L.E, Seventh Son, The Danish Girl…)

      • Alex says:

        Honestly she’s not even close. When Alicia leads a billion dollar franchise as a young female then we can talk. So far she’s only led one movie that has impressed me and it wasn’t even the one she won the Oscar for. If I had to place my money on the next It Girl it would be Brie Larson or Daisy Ridley. One has the Oscar for an amazing role and the other is leading a major franchise that resonates with people

      • Tandy says:

        “Alicia is getting so many roles” – She’s really not, though. Except for the movie she’s filming right now which she got before the Oscars, this Lara Croft thing is the only gig on the horizon for her. There is nothing else on her plate this year or next except for a couple of junkets for movies she made in 2014 and early 2015.

      • Kitten says:

        Brie Larson is nice and all but she too lacks the charisma that Lawrence has.

    • Nicole says:

      I doubt she even wanted the role so soon after finishing two franchises. She wasn’t even mentioned as auditioning so…

      • Hudson Girl says:

        Jennifer Lawrence comment is funny because it’s so true…

        Daisy is the face of Star Wars, another huge Action/Adventure series. It would have seemed strange to have her do Lara Croft as well, smart to go with someone else. Vikander has a ballet background (which is no joke) so they could do some interesting training shots with extreme flexibility/escape strategies etc.

    • Jess says:

      What a weird criticism to make. Is Jennifer Lawrence supposed to limit herself now to 1 movie per year? Her job is to act in movies.

      • Moxie Remon says:

        I don’t think it criticizes Jennifer herself, more about her so powerful hegemony on the industry, that she would be an obvious choice, I guess.

      • Jess says:

        @Moxie Remon

        Don’t actors work their entire lives to have that kind of success though? Plus, its not like Jennifer Lawrence would be such a wrong choice since she’s proven she can lead a massive action franchise.

      • Jules says:

        It wasn’t directed at her…………..it’s directed to one note Hollywood.

  2. Heat says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
    I’m actually getting tired of all the reboots; most especially those for which the original movie is still somewhat fresh in my memory.

    • crtb says:

      Soooooooooooooooo sick of remakes.

    • Kitten says:

      You and me and everybody else so why the f*ck do they keep getting made? I know the short answer: easy profit. But still….

    • Meh says:

      They have come out with two new very successful tomb raider video games, which are prequels to the originals. They focus heavily on Lara’s backstory, family, character development, etc with a much more fleshed out storyline than the original games had. So there actually is a new material there as opposed to just another reboot.

      The new games are really good. I’m excited for the movies. I really hope they do the games justice. I LOVE this casting choice, so they’re off to a good start.

    • TreadStyle says:

      @ HEAT this times 100. I don’t understand, it’s like when nobody had the energy to come up with new stories. There have been so many reboots in the past few years of movies not that old (I mean movies made in the 80s are still not old enough for reboots in my opinion especially the classics!). So over it. The Star Wars movies are the only ones excluded from this bc they can be expanded on and remade forever really.

  3. Magpie says:

    I would have preferred Daisy :-(

    • Alex says:

      Same. I would’ve been at least interested in the reboot. With this cast I’m not interested whatsoever

    • D says:

      Me too, I think Daisy would have been great. I just can’t see Alicia as Lara Croft, she needs to hit the gym hard to even be remotely believable.

    • Hadleyb says:

      Same.

      Alicia is ..so boring. Her acting is boring, her looks everything. It is like she is a shade of brown or grey paint ..just THERE. You don’t notice her and she isn’t anything special.

      She has no charisma. I am not sure who should play Lara but … not her.

    • Liz says:

      Me too. I thought she would be a great match for the younger (game series) Lara Croft.

    • Tandy says:

      Me too.

  4. Goats on the Roof says:

    I like it. Good for Alicia.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Me too. I like her a lot.

      • teacakes says:

        Me three. I don’t like or dislike her, but contrary to CB consensus, I think she’s a much better actress than her bland looks suggest.

      • Magnoliarose says:

        I agree teacakes. Her plain looks for her are actually a strength to me. I don’t get the slams against her acting ability at all.

    • Calcifer says:

      I like Alicia too. Plus, I think she could surprise us as Lara Croft, because under her exquisite pretty looks I sense a lot of strength and steely determination.

    • RR says:

      I love her!

  5. Abbott says:

    I like her so I may actually watch this.

  6. cr says:

    Vikander is a former ballerina, and she should be fine with the physical part of the role. But, though I like Vikander, this reboot does nothing for me.
    LBTO was never rescheduled or pushed back, this was the first release date announced, a couple of months ago.

  7. Shambles says:

    I’m too biased. Angelina was so, so, so hot as Lara Croft, and no one else will ever compare. Nobody smolders like Angie. Nobody badasses like Angie.

    • lisa2 says:

      I feel that way too. They have been trying to do this reboot for years. I don’t really care about the movie. It’s not like Angie was ever interested in doing this character again.

      • Emma - The JP Lover says:

        NOOOOOO! If they just ‘had’ to reboot Lara Croft I really wanted Daisy Ridley to get the part. :(

    • vauvert says:

      Count me in the biased camp too. I feel the same way with rebooting Lara as I do about the new Indy. Iconic characters played by actors who really made that role their own. I don’t care who you replace them with, not interested.

    • SilkyMalice says:

      Indeed, she is going to be a very tough act to follow. Viklander does not have Angie’s presence. She may be a better actor (Angie is somewhat weak in that area) but Angie sure lights up the screen.

    • V4Real says:

      I will take a ride on that bias train. AJ is and will always be the best Croft.

      And what’s with all these damn reboots so soon? Hollywood is definitely running out of fresh ideas.

  8. BendyWindy says:

    Maybe she’ll surprise us, but she doesn’t have the personality to play Lara Croft. She’s so, so wooden and boring.

  9. Jegede says:

    Uh – oh.
    Anytime a newly minted Oscar winner chooses this kind of role, it’s never a good ending

    Halle Berry – Catwoman
    Charlize Theron – Aeon Flux

    • Jess says:

      What about Matt Damon – The Bourne Identity?

    • Jegede says:

      @Jess – How is Matt Damon relevant to my point?

      The Bourne Identity is not a comic character nor a video game reboot. No costumes

      Plus it was a few years and flops after his Oscar win.
      A win for writing not acting.

      @Mia4s – Exactly

      • Jess says:

        @Jegede

        You just said “oscar winner” (never specified which category) and the Bourne Series was based on a trilogy of books about a fictional spy.

      • Jegede says:

        @Jess

        I actually said “newly minted Oscar winner”,- the most high profile role post-Oscar win.

        And Damon starred in a variety of flops for a few years post-Oscar win (for writing) before the Bourne series rescued his career.

        Anyway I see Jason Bourne spy book series like a James Bond spy book series and not like something that could be from MCU like Catwoman/Aeon Flux/Lara Croft.

      • Mia4s says:

        Actually in between Damon had, Talented Mr.Ripley, and solid ensemble hits in Saving Private Ryan and Ocean’s 11. Even so, men always get more chances than women in Hollywood.

        Immediately after Oscar you can up your price and go for the STAR role. The problem is the money might be good, but the idea may not. I don’t blame actors for trying to make the leap, but the reality is two weeks after you win the Oscar no one cares anymore! That was the mistake Halle Berry made, Charlize made, Cuba Gooding Jr, Mira Sorvino…all went for the big payday in mediocre movies.

        Now if the movie is great? She’s all set. The problem is if it sucks she’s nowhere near a big enough star to sell on her own. Even so she would take a lot of the blame. We will see.

      • Jess says:

        @Jegede

        Ah ok, if you put it that way ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  10. Lex says:

    I think Alicia is a way better actress than Daisy, so I’m glad. It’s not like Daisy is an action movie vet, she’s done one. And can Cara Delavigne stop pretending she’s an in demand actress?? How much did her publicists pay to add that Cara was in the running? She’s awful, go back to modeling.

    I feel like Statler and Waldorf from the muppets, just heckling the people on stage.

    • OriginallyBlue says:

      With these types of movies you don’t need to be a fantastic actor, just charisma and good screen presence since most of it is action and that’s what people are paying for not the dialogue.

      • Thomas says:

        This. Vikander lacks of charisma. She’s not superstar material, she’s another kind of actress.
        It was really true that she wants to be like JLaw (as many BI said) but this is a bad carrer movie

      • tw says:

        I agree. I think she’s a good actress, but she has no charisma.

  11. roxane says:

    TLBO look like the most cliched story, i just saw the Tulip Fever trailer with Christophe Waltz it’s much better in my opinion. As for the reboot, if good writters are involved it could be great.
    Daisey is better without this role she would have been typecast otherwise, it’s not a problem for Alicia, if it’s bomb she can go back to festival and oscar baity roles.

    • Lola says:

      the writers aren’t good. They wrote Transformers, Divergent and Cowboys & Aliens. This will be a flop. You can see because the actresses in the race were Vikander and Delevigne

      • OriginallyBlue says:

        Did those movies make money? I seem to remember them raking in money (except Cowboys and Aliens) or was what they made offset by how much they cost to make and promote?

      • cr says:

        @OriginallyBlue: Transformers makes money, but they’re bad movies. The first Divergent movie made money, but not a lot. The last two did not do well financially, and I don’t see the fourth movie doing better.

      • teacakes says:

        welp, I’m calling it right now with you – this movie will flop. Unless the writers take a crash course in how to write a coherent, non-stupid movie.

  12. Lucy2 says:

    I like Alicia in the movies I’ve seen, but she does not scream action hero to me. Daisy would have been good, or they really could have re-launched it with a newcomer.

    • V4Real says:

      Didn’t she star in Ex-Machina? Wasn’t that considered action?

      • Josefina says:

        Not at all. The movie was all dialogue. The cerebral type of sci-fi you rarely ser in Hollywood.

      • Starkiller says:

        Ex Machina wasn’t an action film at all. Closest thing she’s done to an “action film” was that god awful Seventh Son disaster, and even describing that as action would be a stretch.

      • cr says:

        No, not at all. Sci-fii, thriller type movie.

  13. Maya says:

    I like Alicia and I think she is beautiful and talented.

    But she does not have the exotic beauty, sexiness and toughness but with a hint of vulnerability Angelina has to succeed as Lara.

    Personally they should leave Lara alone and instead create a new female heroine.

    • Magnoliarose says:

      Agree with you. Why set her up like this after Angelina? We don’t even need this right now.

    • jfnkdgodfgfd says:

      Seriously? Shes very exotic in terms of looks, Angie is pale, blue eyed chick. You’re overestimating Angelina acting there, she really isnt that great.

  14. littlemissnaughty says:

    I don’t know about this one. She is so so tiny and this is a part that does require a certain physicality and built. They wouldn’t cast Cumberbatch as Jason Bourne either. But she’s going to be in everything for the next 2 years, isn’t she? Like JLaw before her. Fine. Let’s get this over with then.

    • Goats on the Roof says:

      She’s a trained ballerina. They have quite a bit of strength, you know? Also, Angelina is a very thin woman who worked out and padded up for the original role. What’s saying Alicia couldn’t do the same?

      • roses says:

        I agree and you’re right about Jolie having to bulk up for that role. She even talked about the training she had to do to put on that weight, so I think Vikander will be fine. Plus in this version LC is younger and is not as buxom as the first.

      • ell says:

        i like alicia a lot, but angelina is much taller and athletic (or used to be back then anyway).

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        I know. If I remember correctly, dancers and gymnasts have the hightest strength to body weight ratio of all athletes. But that doesn’t really matter on screen. She isn’t even that short for a woman, I think she’s around my height. But she is SO small overall, it looked completely ridiculous in The Man from U.N.C.L.E because the two guys were at least twice her size. She would really have to hit the gym hard.

    • jfnkdgodfgfd says:

      You guys need to stop is with the Alicia is so petite , shes 5ft 5.5, Angie is 5ft6…only half an inch taller…and Alicia natuarlly has more muscle so… Angie is not tall.

      • ell says:

        wait, angelina is 5’7/5’8. now she’s very thin, but back then she was more athletic. like i said, i like alicia and i’m not here for the oh she’s so petite comments, but no way she’s 5’5, i’d say about 5’4 at best which isn’t tall by any means. hopefully she bulks up for the role so her height won’t matter much.

  15. Mia4s says:

    Meh. Meh reboot, meh character, meh idea.

    All the “mehs”. ;-)

  16. Tig says:

    I liked her performance in Ex Machina, so she should be able to handle this.
    Why the hate on LBTO? I agree that the last third of the book was a mess, but thought she did a great job capturing the remoteness of the setting, and how that contributed to decisions made. I do want to see that movie.

  17. Grace says:

    The writers for this are awful. It will be a flop

  18. Lola says:

    The Light between the Oceans will be released on 2nd September. Not a good date for awards

    • cr says:

      It isn’t, despite the attempt to sell that date as beginning of awards season. It’s the beginning of awards season if you’re going to the festivals, which this apparently isn’t. And its UK release was pushed back to January 2017.

  19. TheOtherMaria says:

    Nope, Angie’s version was smart and seductive while effortlessly cheeky in her retorts, Alicia cannot do that….

  20. CornyBlue says:

    I thought she was the best in Ex Machina and Man from UNCLE and everything else really but she was my favourite in the two and I am sure her having the Oscar pushed her over the others contenders. She is tiny though and looks like a teenager so maybe she is gonna have to train hard

    • jfnkdgodfgfd says:

      Shes average height, toned and not tiny, Angelina was the same height as her and stick thin, so im sure Alicia will do fine.

  21. Murphy says:

    Does this mean Daisy Ridley is already too typecast as Rey or did she just not pass the drug test Enty was going on about?

    • D says:

      Who’s ‘enty’ and what drug test?

    • cr says:

      Enty/CDAN isn’t remotely reliable, even considering the unreliability of blind gossip.

    • D says:

      I just looked it up and it seems like all the blind items on that site are lies. Google “how crazy days and nights fooled hollywood” and “blind gossip a liar gets caught”.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Not passing a drug test? If that were the case, I’m sure half of Hollywood would be out of work.

  22. hb41 says:

    Ironically, Angelina was a few years younger than Alicia when she played the “older” version of Lara Croft, but Alicia looks young, so that should be okay. I agree that her ballet training should help her. Remember this bungee “ballet” from the first Tomb Raider? So cool.
    https://youtu.be/HmhoLcSx_oI

  23. celine says:

    Are JL and Alicia Vikander the only actresses in Hollywood?

  24. roxane says:

    I don’t get the comments about Jlaw and Alicia being the only actresses in Holywood who gets roles, Emma Stone, Brie Larson and others have loads of projects.

  25. Thomas says:

    This will be like Catwoman with Berry. Flop

  26. familard says:

    ‘Tomb Raider’ hasn’t been a relevant video game in a long time (ie. pre-internet p0rn.) Remember the ‘Prince of Persia’ film, it’ll be like that. This is made by dumb studio execs “… ‘strong woman’ (hot chick with gun) + video game = $”

  27. meme says:

    another reboot…how exciting. no wonder I rarely go to the movies anymore.

    • Lola says:

      I was going to write the same thing. It’s like there is no original anything anymore… What is so wrong with appreciating what was (whether good or bad) and concentrating on new stuff. I don’t see anyone rebooting or remaking Howard The Duck…

  28. Miss M says:

    I like Alicia. Congrats to her!

  29. OriginallyBlue says:

    Meh.

  30. Jwoolman says:

    Whenever I saw ads in gaming mags for the Lara Croft games, two thoughts always popped into my mind:

    1) The game developers had to be guys who didn’t get out much if they thought a thin, very athletic woman was likely to have breasts looking like that (the only women they saw up close were taped to their bedroom wall from porn mags, I suppose)

    2) Why doesn’t Lara take some of that treasure and get a breast reduction? Her back must be killing her. That center of gravity seems very inhibiting for her kind of work.

  31. petitehirondelle says:

    funny how people are still saying like Jlaw…. the difference is that Jlaw can attract millions people for a film, i don’t see it coming with her, it will be another flop

  32. KHLBHL says:

    I wish movies like this and Indiana Jones would address the blatant thievery of cultural objects important to their native peoples. Don’t steal priceless historical artifacts from Asia/Africa/South America, put them in an American or European museum, and call it historical preservation and pat yourselves on the back. Like, I’m an Indiana Jones fan as much as anyone else. I love the adventure and mystery aspects as well as the sprinkling of history and mythology and archaeology. But…I can’t stomach the fact that white people go into some “exotic” location and take stuff. That’s is basically every single movie of this genre.

    It would be so much cooler to see someone who’s not white in this role. Think about the multiple layers of story and conflict and world-building and characterization this adds! I know Lara Croft is supposed to be this wealthy British billionaire heiress, but why can’t that be someone of color?

    Lupita, anyone?

    • Jade says:

      Ooh I’d like to see Naomie Harris or Gina Rodriguez.

    • M.A.F. says:

      Wait, so it would be okay if a POC took the stuff back to American and/or European museums? They shouldn’t be taking the stuff period.

  33. Jade says:

    Hmmm… I think acting and looks wise, J Law would be good. But, Alicia may surprise, so I may catch this reboot. I don’t mind seeing Chloe Moretz or Ellen Page attempt this.

  34. Josefina says:

    This will flop. Bad writers and Lara isnt that hot as a character anymore. There’s many other female vídeo game heroines now, Lara just feels outdated.

    Alicia is wonderful but too cute for this. Angie had that tough, aggressive sexiness necessary to play the role.

  35. ell says:

    i like alicia, but this film is still a bad idea. daisy would have been a better choice bc i disagree with her being petite, she’s quite athletic and not short at all. alicia is the one being petite, that said, hopefully she’ll work out and look the part. it’s still a stupid film we don’t need though.

  36. lower-case deb says:

    setting aside Alicia for a moment, the screenplay is going to be by Daugherty, the writer of TMNT reboot, Divergent, and The Huntsman?

    soooo noooooottt soooollllld.

    Alicia will have the job of her life trying to make that thing work.

  37. Saks says:

    I wasn’t interested in this reboot before but now I might watch it, I think Alicia is a great actress and she has a background in ballet, so I hope she’ll suit the part. Angie’s Lara Croft was a great character, I hope this version keeps that badass characteristic of the role but I’ve read this new Lara is very different…

    I’m happy it wasn’t Daisy, I know people here loves her but even she seems to be a nice person I don’t think she’s all that as an actor (for me she is a washed out version of Keira Knightley who got really lucky with Star Wars).

  38. Guest says:

    You go girl…. I wish her all the best. And may be she will suprise all of us. I like her. Very much.

  39. madpoe says:

    Nope!

  40. Izzy says:

    ALL the Blahs.

  41. Ari says:

    ugh no

  42. jfnkdgodfgfd says:

    How many times are people going to misuse the word petite? It refers to height not build, Daisy is 5ft7 which is tall, and Vikander is 5ft5.5, which is average height, Angelina is only 5ft6 but people still refer to her as tall…hmm.

    • Dana says:

      Im more offended by people commenting on Alicia’s bust size. She doesn’t have big enough boobs now to act? WTF. Alicia will be fine. I never considered her for this type of role but its not career ending, its finally giving her her own project.
      Also Alicia was in a film called PURE. It was her first feature and ended up being an award winner in sweden, she is no wallflower. Watch it and see another side of Alicia. Great acting too. She’s a dancer so i’m sure she’ll be fine.

    • Jae says:

      See, I’m 6’1 so hearing/reading someone call 5’6 “tall” is super-weird: how is barely reaching the average man’s nose “tall”? Like, there is a whole stripper platform stiletto between me and this chick.

      Are American women that short in general?

      It is always kind of… not hurtful per se, but maybe a tiny bit disappointing to hear/read someone calling for someone “tall”, just to learn that they once again mean a woman who will still be shorter than her costars after putting on high heels.

      • Trixie says:

        The average height for a female in the US is 5’4″. So 5’6″ is actually tall. I don’t know what country you’re from, but the average height for a female in the world is about 5′. So while you may think 5’6″ is short, it’s actually tall in almost every country in the world.

  43. meh says:

    I’m really surprised by a lot of the comments here. I guess there isn’t much cross over between this site’s readership and gamers, but people seem to be completely unaware of the new video games, their retelling framework, and their critical success.

    The new games are prequels that focus on a college-aged Lara that is much less of a sexed up tits-and-guns stereotype than the original–the character that Angelina Jolie played. She’s an adventurous anthropology student, and you see her slowly become hardened into the badass tomb raider of the later games. The new games are very story heavy compared to the original games, tie in with a comic series, and you get a lot more insight into Lara’s character.

    There is little to compare between the character Jolie played and the character Vikander will play. They are very different iterations of Lara Croft, and honestly, the new one is far more interesting. I don’t think Vikander will suffer from comparisons to Jolie’s “hotness” because that just isn’t very important to this part of the story. Hopefully the screen writing is good and she will have plenty of material to show off her acting skills.

    As a woman who loves video games, and prefers to play female characters, I ADORE the new Lara Croft games. There is definitely a market for this movie. And if you care about seeing strong, well-written female protagonists, you should be crossing your fingers for its success!

    • Nan says:

      Thank you! I’m not gamer so don’t know anything about these developments. I’m just hoping it will be good. I have been very impressed with her in everything and would love a good Lara Croft movie.

    • Classy and Sassy says:

      You explained it all, and far better than I could. People who haven’t played the games – particularly since the 2013 reboot – have a distorted view of Lara. Her new incarnation should really be taken noticed of. Lara is an explorer, surviver and succeeder. She’s a huge relief to the male-protagonist…you know the rest. Long live Lara, I say.

  44. nemo says:

    this will be a hot mess. not because of AV…because some video games just don’t work as films. Tomb raider was (and still is) one of them.

  45. Tara says:

    Daisy would have been better casting, but I don’t really care. Those movies were never good anyway. Angelina just looked hot in them.

  46. danielle says:

    Meh

  47. jammypants says:

    I genuinely really like Felicity Jones and Alicia Vikander, but sometimes I confuse the two. They have very similar career trajectories and similar types of roles.

  48. Wood Dragon says:

    Alicia is talented and so forth, but man, she’s just dull. No spark. No fire. Just those doe eyes.

  49. LAK says:

    At least the new concept art is less sexist than the original art.

  50. moon says:

    I guess they cast her based off her ex-machina appeal. She seems popular with geek fan boys.

  51. Cat87 says:

    I play both new tomb raider games reboots and Lara Croft has change a lot from previous games. She isn’t a big boob bimbo shooting with duel pistols. She is a climber at best and uses her bow and arrow as weapon of choice. In fact the new games heavily center on her using a bow and climbing tools and not always relaying on guns.

    I don’t care much from Alicia Vikander acting, like her bf Michael Fassbender it can be a hit or miss. I get that she was great in Ex-machina but this is different. Yes she was a ballet dancer, but honestly Lara Craft is a climber. So Vikander needs more upper body strength and really be athletic. To me Vikander is very petite like most ballerinas. Except Misty Copeland who’s body is just amazing for ballerina.

    I’m surprise nobody has mention Noomi Rapace for this role? For Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, Rapace discipline herself and went on a strict diet and workout. The original Swedish versions of the film require physical fight scenes and also the main character was describe as being more athletic built. She is one of the few actress with very real biceps. But maybe she is to old, to short or just way to athletic looking for Hollywood taste.

  52. Emily C. says:

    Yet another skinny petite woman playing an action hero. In a vacuum, this would be no problem. But that is the ONLY kind of build that gets cast in this kind of part these days. Lara Croft would be perfect for launching an actress with impressive musculature. But no, we can’t have women with muscles, that’s not “feminine” somehow.

    • Classy and Sassy says:

      Lara was 21 in the 2013 reboot. She’s no longer an ‘action hero’, she’s a survivor.
      But I’d go as far as to say that a relatively unassuming looking woman such as Vikander would be a better representation of Lara than Jolie, with her padded bra, gruelling diet and 8 hours of workout a day.

  53. Andrea says:

    I disagree with your comments on The Light Between Oceans. I loved the book and so did everyone else in my bookclub! I cannot wait for the movie to come out.

  54. Classy and Sassy says:

    I think she will bring the vulnerability with increasing strength and development of a younger Lara that came with the game’s 2013 reboot – something Camilla Luddington portrayed exceptionally – while also offering an understated beauty. A pretty good choice of Lara for a new generation. That said, I’ve no idea why Luddington herself wasn’t offered from the get-go.

  55. raincoaster says:

    Actually, she was THE action hero in the Man From UNCLE. Dreadful film, but she kicked ass in it. This might be good.

  56. Rockin Robin says:

    I’m willing to give her a chance. Per the new TR Games, she definitely looks the part.

  57. Splunk says:

    She is not Lady Croft material… whoever cast her should be fired and they should bring in someone who has actually played the game.

    • Gary says:

      I understand the physicality issue. All I know after watching Alicia in most of her work since her early work in Sweden and The Royal Affair, Anna K, etc. Everybody wants to film her and everyone wants to watch her. Her biggest problem is over exposure. She is a great actress. She carried ExMachina, and The Danish Girl. She’s already been cast in pop corn movies as well as costume/period pieces. She’s got “it”

  58. AshleyQ says:

    I think it was pretty easy for them to make a decision on this one. I can see the ‘big wigs’ (men only) sitting around deciding…hmmm…which girl do I want to sleep with more? And which girl will 15 year old boys want to sleep with more? Easy. Alicia. Boom, she gets the part. Do any of you really think talent had anything to do with this choice?

  59. Fan says:

    No one can replace Angelina but she can try.

  60. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    I don’t like her and I would have totally seen this movie if she wasn’t going to be in it. I think it was a mistake. Something about her either annoys me or just bores me – I can’t tell which.