Tomb Raider movie cast: Camilla Luddington out, Alicia Vikander in

Chris Stead 29 April 2016

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The coveted lead role in the upcoming Tomb Raider film reboot has been cast, but is it what Crystal Dynamics wanted?

Tomb Raider is back in a big way. Following diminishing fortunes during the noughties, the Angelina Jolie-led films, and the adventure games both faded from memory. However, developer Crystal Dynamics returned in 2013 with a stunning video game reboot that was as good as anything we had seen from the heroine during her nineties heyday. In 2015, a sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, only improved on the gameplay experience. Lara Croft is a hot property again, so it's no wonder that "the suits" are pushing ahead with a cinematic reboot as well.

There had been plenty of conjecture as to who would play the iconic role of Lara in the new film. When Crystal Dynamics was out touring Rise of the Tomb Raider, we iinterviewed senior designer Michael Brinker. During the lengthy chat, we questioned him about who he’d like to see take the role and he gave the nod to the game's actor, Camilla Luddington.

"To be honest, I actually met [Lara Croft’s voice and motion-capture actor] Camilla Luddington and I think she’s fantastic in her portrayal of Lara. I wouldn’t mind seeing her have a crack at actually bringing the character to the screen. I think that’d be pretty cool. She’s really embodied a lot of what I feel like Lara is, even just in her voice. I’d love to see what she’d do with it on the big screen."

Today, however, it was revealed that The Danish Girl and Ex-Machina star Alicia Vikander would be taking the role. The Swedish-born actress is an odd choice to play the very British Lara, but so was Angeline Jolie. We haven't seen too much of her action chops to date. Vikander does star in the upcoming Jason Bourne film, which should give us some indication on whether she is up to the challenge of playing one of gaming’s greatest adventure stars.

Wonderfully named but relatively untested Norwegian director Roar Uthaug will helm the film, based on a script by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent). No release date has yet been set.

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