Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) has landed the coveted role of Lara Croft in MGM and GK Films’s long-in-development Tomb Raider reboot.
Warner Bros. has signed on to co-finance, co-produce and distribute the action-adventure. The studio has set Roar Uthaug (The Wave) on board to direct from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5).
The screenplay was previously tackled by Evan Daugherty (Divergent), Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and writing team Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens).
The script is intended to establish a new franchise based on the Lara Croft adventure video games. ‘Tomb Raider’ will center around Lara Croft’s origin story and her daring first adventures. She travels to dangerous and mysterious locales around the globe in search of rare, lost crypts and long-forgotten empires.
In 2001 and 2003, Paramount Pictures made two Tomb Raider feature films: "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," starring Angelina Jolie. Both featured the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions. The films grossed a total of $432 million worldwide.