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Oscar winner Alice Vikander has signed up to play tomb raider and aristocrat Lara Croft. Vikander takes over the role from Angelina Jolie, who played the role in the first two adaptations of the game series over ten years ago.

Rumours of a sequel to the original films or a reboot of the series has persisted for years while the film rights were passed, first from Square Enix Ltd to GK Films, and then onto MGM. In that time many actresses have been linked to the role, but until now none have been confirmed.

Vikander will play the role in the next adaptation of the long-running and highly successful Playstation game series. It will reportedly be based on the 2013 reboot, Tomb Raider. She won the role over actresses such as Emilia Clarke, Cara Delevigne, Gemma Arterton and Daisy Ridley – who were all front-runners for the role.

Previously, Ridley revealed to the media that she had been in what she had described as ‘conversations’ about the role. “I’m waiting for someone to say, ‘I want you, let’s do it,” she said.

It’s been a good year for Vikander; not only did she win an Academy Award for her performance in The Danish Girl opposite Eddie Redmayne, but her role in Ex Machina was also met with acclaim. Now, she is one of a number of Oscar winners approaching video game based projects – a group which includes Marion Cotillard, who will be appearing in the adaptation of Assassin’s Creed (another Ubisoft property), later this year.

Tomb Raider will be directed by Roar Uthaug and will be produced by Graham King. MGM and Warner Brothers are set to co-produce the film, with MGM overseeing production. As previously mentioned, the cinematic rights to the Tomb Raider series belonged to GK Films and Square Enix Ltd.

Tomb Raider is set to be released sometime late 2017.

Sources: BBC | The Independent | Hollywood Reporter
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