Capping off her meteoric rise to the ranks of A-list actresses, Alicia Vikander has landed her first starring role in a big-budget action thriller: she’s set to play the iconic British archaeologist/badass Lara Croft in the upcoming MGM/Warner Bros. reboot of the Tomb Raider series.
According to numerous sources, Vikander beat out a number of other high-profile actresses, including Daisy Ridley, Saoirse Ronan and Emilia Clarke, for the role of Croft, a character created for the original 1996 video game Tomb Raider and later made famous by Angelina Jolie in the early 2000s film adaptations. Is it a stretch to call those films some of the best game-based movies ever? Not when the bar is as low as it is.
Landing the role of Croft is a big step up in scale for Vikander, who has risen to fame on the strength of her performances in lower-budget dramas and thrillers. Last year was particularly vital to her reputation, as she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in The Danish Girl and probably turned even more heads with her chilling portrayal of the android Ava in Ex Machina, a film that we might already feel comfortable calling a cult classic. The sky appears to be the limit for the 27-year-old Swedish actress right now.