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Alicia Vikander is your new Lara Croft for the Tomb Raider reboot

04.28.2016

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We have a new Lara Croft. 

Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander has been cast as the beloved heroine at the heart of the TOMB RAIDER franchise for a reboot of the series that MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films are partnering up on. THE WAVE's Roar Uthaug had been tapped to direct the relaunch, bringing Croft to her early days as archaeologist where she would embark on her first adventure. 

The role of Croft had previously been held by Angelina Jolie for a pair of films (2001's LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER and 2003's TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE), but, after the second film was met with less box office interest than its predecessor, the brakes were pumped on the character's big-screen endeavors and the franchise was shelved until now. 

Vikander is a name on the rise in Hollywood who would seem like a perfect fit for the role. First off, she has an Oscar to her name, which is always a nice thing to be able to advertise when it comes to your series' star. However, at the same time, she isn't yet an A-list name as far as the public is concerned, allowing her the opportunity to really blend into the Lara Croft character rather than overshadow her. 

Last year was a big year for Vikander, turning out one hell of a performance in EX MACHINA (which arguably she should have been nominated for when it came to the Oscars) and then capturing the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress due to her turn in THE DANISH GIRL. She also rounded out her year as the female lead in THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Things only look to be getting bigger and better for her future.

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3:09AM on 05/02/2016
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12:42AM on 05/01/2016
I guess they're trying for realism and story. I wonder how many dinasours she's gonna shoot with her guns that take invisible clips.

Also, I'm totally gonna get the Criterion edition of this.
I guess they're trying for realism and story. I wonder how many dinasours she's gonna shoot with her guns that take invisible clips.

Also, I'm totally gonna get the Criterion edition of this.
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10:23AM on 04/29/2016
I dig it! She looks the part enough and I've seen enough of her acting to know she'll be a good actress in the role. This is a bit of a surprise though as I thought Daisy Ridley was the frontrunner, curious to know what happened there. Did she pull out b/c two action franchises would be too much? Or maybe the producers thought the character would be too similar to Rey and they don't want to deal with Star Wars comparisons? Who knows?

The new games have been awesome and super fun to
I dig it! She looks the part enough and I've seen enough of her acting to know she'll be a good actress in the role. This is a bit of a surprise though as I thought Daisy Ridley was the frontrunner, curious to know what happened there. Did she pull out b/c two action franchises would be too much? Or maybe the producers thought the character would be too similar to Rey and they don't want to deal with Star Wars comparisons? Who knows?

The new games have been awesome and super fun to play. The storylines in the games are made for a big blockbuster movie. So if they stick close to those games, this should be one hell of a movie and with Vikander in the lead, it will be worth the price of admission.
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9:45AM on 04/29/2016
Even the new Lara Croft has a solid C cup size (maybe more). Not the F cup size of the past. Looks like they really want to stick it to the sexist pigs who support this franchise and gave her an -A cup size just to prove a point! Why do all these casting agencies have such a problem with big boobs?
Even the new Lara Croft has a solid C cup size (maybe more). Not the F cup size of the past. Looks like they really want to stick it to the sexist pigs who support this franchise and gave her an -A cup size just to prove a point! Why do all these casting agencies have such a problem with big boobs?
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9:49AM on 04/29/2016
Between Alicia Vikander and Daisy Ridley I think we might make up a full A cup. I'm interested to see who else was considered for the time besides those two?
Between Alicia Vikander and Daisy Ridley I think we might make up a full A cup. I'm interested to see who else was considered for the time besides those two?
3:41PM on 04/29/2016
Liking big boobs is sexist?
Liking big boobs is sexist?
8:49AM on 04/29/2016
Looking at all the thumbs down here, some people just really hate small boobs.
Looking at all the thumbs down here, some people just really hate small boobs.
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5:31AM on 04/29/2016

Great choice. She'll nail it!

What's it with the positive comments getting downvotes and the negative ones getting upvotes?
What's it with the positive comments getting downvotes and the negative ones getting upvotes?
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5:18AM on 04/29/2016
Yep, another miss from whoever casts people for roles.
Wtf ,she looks nothing like a Lara should look, and yes, looks are important, if you already know the character, you have to be able to relate to it just by looking at it, if not , lets just cast anyone then, oh, you guys know what, i think Judy Dench is available, she is a great actress, so i guess she will be perfect for the new Lara right?
This is just another wonder woman in the making, another worng casting...
Yep, another miss from whoever casts people for roles.
Wtf ,she looks nothing like a Lara should look, and yes, looks are important, if you already know the character, you have to be able to relate to it just by looking at it, if not , lets just cast anyone then, oh, you guys know what, i think Judy Dench is available, she is a great actress, so i guess she will be perfect for the new Lara right?
This is just another wonder woman in the making, another worng casting...
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3:23AM on 04/29/2016
Great choice. Alicia has proven herself a great actress and capable of doing an action movie. I think she'll make an excellent Lara. Was kind of hoping for someone a little younger, as I thought they would be following a similar storyline to the new Tomb Raider, but I'm not complaining.
Great choice. Alicia has proven herself a great actress and capable of doing an action movie. I think she'll make an excellent Lara. Was kind of hoping for someone a little younger, as I thought they would be following a similar storyline to the new Tomb Raider, but I'm not complaining.
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12:49AM on 04/29/2016

They chose acting ability over physical appearace

I wish I could give whoever's responsible for this a 1,000 pats on the back.
I wish I could give whoever's responsible for this a 1,000 pats on the back.
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1:04AM on 04/29/2016
What they're doing is killing the fantasy aspect of the material. Why on earth would anybody want a realistic Tomb Raider movie? Why stop there, since this is such a male driven society, why don't we change her to a him.





What they're doing is killing the fantasy aspect of the material. Why on earth would anybody want a realistic Tomb Raider movie? Why stop there, since this is such a male driven society, why don't we change her to a him.





3:15AM on 04/29/2016
@Horrorfan If you've played the new Tomb Raider, then you know the game also went in a more realistic direction. Also, they have a male-led adventure game franchise. It's called Uncharted.
@Horrorfan If you've played the new Tomb Raider, then you know the game also went in a more realistic direction. Also, they have a male-led adventure game franchise. It's called Uncharted.
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11:55PM on 04/28/2016
She'll make a perfect Lara.
She'll make a perfect Lara.
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11:05PM on 04/28/2016
I think she looks great a la the new Tomb Raider game.
I think she looks great a la the new Tomb Raider game.
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10:59PM on 04/28/2016
Sigh....When will Hollywood start casting people who actually fit the character, rather than whoever is the flavor of the month.
Sigh....When will Hollywood start casting people who actually fit the character, rather than whoever is the flavor of the month.
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10:54PM on 04/28/2016
Alicia Vikander is insanely overrated. Also, way too small to play Lara Croft. Not just in terms of breasts but in terms of stature. Should've just cast Camilla Luddington, who's already the voice of the current version.
Alicia Vikander is insanely overrated. Also, way too small to play Lara Croft. Not just in terms of breasts but in terms of stature. Should've just cast Camilla Luddington, who's already the voice of the current version.
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11:54PM on 04/28/2016
There's no such thing as over rated if the people rating her truly like her. Just because you disagree doesn't mean they're wrong.

I would imagine they're going to have her put on some muscle. She's going to be perfect.
There's no such thing as over rated if the people rating her truly like her. Just because you disagree doesn't mean they're wrong.

I would imagine they're going to have her put on some muscle. She's going to be perfect.
12:24AM on 04/29/2016
Yeah, I don't get the over-exaggeration of her beauty either. I guess these people must have watched an interview with her or something and found out she was a nice, sweet person, and now they're trying to be nice by championing her little-girl body online--as if being a dried-out waif was something to aspire to. Makes me laugh. :D

Yeah, I don't get the over-exaggeration of her beauty either. I guess these people must have watched an interview with her or something and found out she was a nice, sweet person, and now they're trying to be nice by championing her little-girl body online--as if being a dried-out waif was something to aspire to. Makes me laugh. :D

3:18AM on 04/29/2016
The Lara from the new Tomb raider games isn't actually that big. Heck, she's not even that cut throat. Her personality is vastly different, with her coming across as more fragile and vulnerable. Badass? Yes, but still, much more vulnerable. Vikander did an excellent job as the femme fatale in U.N.C.L.E., even if the movie wasn't all that great.
The Lara from the new Tomb raider games isn't actually that big. Heck, she's not even that cut throat. Her personality is vastly different, with her coming across as more fragile and vulnerable. Badass? Yes, but still, much more vulnerable. Vikander did an excellent job as the femme fatale in U.N.C.L.E., even if the movie wasn't all that great.
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10:02PM on 04/28/2016

Boobs too small, but new Lara is different

The newly rebooted Lara is younger and smaller than the old one I think. Much more of an average size and weight, instead of massive jugs. I am a boob man, so I'll miss some big ones (Like I do on Wonder Woman) but otherwise, I think this is a good casting. She needs to gain a bit of muscle and work on her butt/hips to really fit the new one they seem to be working towards. I love the newer story lines and think she is the right age and will do a good job, BUT if the script is crap, like other
The newly rebooted Lara is younger and smaller than the old one I think. Much more of an average size and weight, instead of massive jugs. I am a boob man, so I'll miss some big ones (Like I do on Wonder Woman) but otherwise, I think this is a good casting. She needs to gain a bit of muscle and work on her butt/hips to really fit the new one they seem to be working towards. I love the newer story lines and think she is the right age and will do a good job, BUT if the script is crap, like other video games, it won't matter.
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9:31PM on 04/28/2016
I like her. Also the rebooted Tomb Raider is not all about boobs and hotpants, and she fit the physicality for that rendition of Lara. That said, I wouldn't say no if the role went to Alexandra Daddario instead.
I like her. Also the rebooted Tomb Raider is not all about boobs and hotpants, and she fit the physicality for that rendition of Lara. That said, I wouldn't say no if the role went to Alexandra Daddario instead.
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9:22PM on 04/28/2016
Her boobs are small as many of you have "pointed" out. However the rebooted Laura Croft isn't as well endowed as the older version so I'm gonna say this was a good choice. They chose acting ability over T&A so I'm hoping for a good story driven movie that is more realistic then the previous films.
Her boobs are small as many of you have "pointed" out. However the rebooted Laura Croft isn't as well endowed as the older version so I'm gonna say this was a good choice. They chose acting ability over T&A so I'm hoping for a good story driven movie that is more realistic then the previous films.
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8:47PM on 04/28/2016
If they're going to do a Batman Begins style origin story that begins with her in some kind of finishing school, she's probably the right age. Facially there's nothing really off. But she's pretty flat chested.

And Lara strikes me as a bit taller and more of a body type like Gal Gadot. So while Alicia could be believable firing pistols and performing various gymnastics, any hand to hand combat sequences will come of as goofy looking as Rey's lightsaber fight.

At any rate, I'm far
If they're going to do a Batman Begins style origin story that begins with her in some kind of finishing school, she's probably the right age. Facially there's nothing really off. But she's pretty flat chested.

And Lara strikes me as a bit taller and more of a body type like Gal Gadot. So while Alicia could be believable firing pistols and performing various gymnastics, any hand to hand combat sequences will come of as goofy looking as Rey's lightsaber fight.

At any rate, I'm far more interested in a Lara Croft film than a she-boot of Indiana Jones so hopefully this ends up good.
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8:34PM on 04/28/2016
Alicia is a good actress but just like in the case of Gale Gadot as Wonder Woman: She has a beautiful face but not the body the character suppose to have!
Alicia is a good actress but just like in the case of Gale Gadot as Wonder Woman: She has a beautiful face but not the body the character suppose to have!
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1:01PM on 04/29/2016
Name one person with the body of Lara Croft.
Name one person with the body of Lara Croft.
8:30PM on 04/28/2016

pfttt

Who the F is she??
Who the F is she??
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11:57PM on 04/28/2016
You watch movies?
You watch movies?
12:46PM on 04/29/2016
I love you Glinda.
I love you Glinda.
8:28PM on 04/28/2016
Her boobs are way too small.
Her boobs are way too small.
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7:18PM on 04/28/2016

No WAY!!

this is a VERY bad idea. She looks nothing like the raider of tombs! WB just lost a good chunk of change. When the first movies came out atleast ppl still cared about the franchise now its just a lame duck hasbeen of its former self. Putting a big name actress would help no dobut. This is doomed to failure if i had to bet on it. She looks like a child.
this is a VERY bad idea. She looks nothing like the raider of tombs! WB just lost a good chunk of change. When the first movies came out atleast ppl still cared about the franchise now its just a lame duck hasbeen of its former self. Putting a big name actress would help no dobut. This is doomed to failure if i had to bet on it. She looks like a child.
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7:06PM on 04/28/2016
I hated both TOMB RAIDER movies but not because of Angelina's performances. Therefore, I'm not as interested in the casting (although Alicia is a good choice) as I am on who the director and writer(s) will be.
I hated both TOMB RAIDER movies but not because of Angelina's performances. Therefore, I'm not as interested in the casting (although Alicia is a good choice) as I am on who the director and writer(s) will be.
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6:19PM on 04/28/2016

I support this casting

Daisy Ridley is charming as all get out and pretty dang cute to boot, but sh also looks a lot younger than Vikander and I don;t know if I really could have bought her as the globetrotting Indiana Jones type. Vikander's star certainly seems to be on the rise and she seems pretty ideally suited to the role. The first two films are the highest grossing video game movies there are, so hopefully this can recapture that same success and be a help to Vikander's career rather than a hindrance.
Daisy Ridley is charming as all get out and pretty dang cute to boot, but sh also looks a lot younger than Vikander and I don;t know if I really could have bought her as the globetrotting Indiana Jones type. Vikander's star certainly seems to be on the rise and she seems pretty ideally suited to the role. The first two films are the highest grossing video game movies there are, so hopefully this can recapture that same success and be a help to Vikander's career rather than a hindrance.
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6:15PM on 04/28/2016
Thank fuck Ridley didn't get it, at least we know the acting will be good now.
Thank fuck Ridley didn't get it, at least we know the acting will be good now.
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6:01PM on 04/28/2016

Heck ya.

I'm down. With about 10 pounds of muscle on her she'll be perfect. Loved her in the man from uncle
I'm down. With about 10 pounds of muscle on her she'll be perfect. Loved her in the man from uncle
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5:42PM on 04/28/2016

The real winner...

is Daisy Ridley. Taking the big drama Oscar bait roles than a movie based on a videogame where videogame movies don't have a good track record...at all.
is Daisy Ridley. Taking the big drama Oscar bait roles than a movie based on a videogame where videogame movies don't have a good track record...at all.
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12:00AM on 04/29/2016
Alicia won an Oscar.
Alicia won an Oscar.
5:28PM on 04/28/2016
I'm slightly wary about this, because around the time of the second Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie, I remembered seeing a spot "Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie" and thought "Oh, right." Jolie at the time was so far removed from anything resembling Academy Award-fodder that to even acknowledge her win for Girl, Interrupted felt like insult to injury. I think Vikander is a better actress overall, and the Academy means less now than it did in 2003. Just my first thoughts thinking about
I'm slightly wary about this, because around the time of the second Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie, I remembered seeing a spot "Academy Award-winner Angelina Jolie" and thought "Oh, right." Jolie at the time was so far removed from anything resembling Academy Award-fodder that to even acknowledge her win for Girl, Interrupted felt like insult to injury. I think Vikander is a better actress overall, and the Academy means less now than it did in 2003. Just my first thoughts thinking about this up-and-coming Oscar-winner's resemblance to that up-and-coming Oscar-winner.
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