According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider movie franchise has found its heroine in the shape of Alicia Vikander.
The Oscar-winning actress will portray a younger Lara Croft who embarks on her first adventure, and ends up fighting for her survival much like the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot from Crystal Dynamics.
Tomb Raider will be produced by Graham King, with Warner Bros. and MGM server as co-producers after acquiring the rights from GK back in 2011.
The iconic heroine was previously portrayed on the big screen by Angelina Jolie, who starred in two Tomb Raider films back in the early 2000s—Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Despite receiving a critical mauling, the first movie proved to be a financial success, grossing over $250 million at the box office. However, the follow-up pulled in disappointing numbers, which was partly attributed to the commercial and critical failure of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness on PS2.
Developed by Core Design, the original Tomb Raider launched for the Sega Saturn back in 1996, though hit PSOne soon after and became a staple franchise for Sony’s first video games console throughout the late 1990s.
Crystal Dynamics took over the development reins after Core folded, and was responsible for revitalizing the series with Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider: Anniversary. The studio rebooted the franchise in 2013 and followed it up with Rise of the Tomb Raider, which hits PS4 later this year.
The Tomb Raider franchise has sold over 45 million copies of games worldwide.