Alicia Vikander has seen off some tough competition to land the coveted role of Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider reboot.
The Oscar-winning actress is set to play a younger version Lara Croft as the iconic video game character returns to the big screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
However, Vikander’s casting does come as a surprise as Daisy Ridley had been linked to and looked like the hot favourite to land the role.
Emilia Clarke and Gemma Arterton were believed to be some of the other actresses who had been considered for the role.
But Vikander has seen off the competition and this is set to be one of the biggest roles of her career to date. It will only send her star rocketing even further.
There are no more details about the upcoming film project except that we know Roar Uthaug will be in the director’s chair. Graham King is serving as producer.
It was Angelina Jolie who brought this character to the big screen for the first time in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider back in 2001 – a role that she would reprise two years later in The Cradle of Life.
There has been talk about a reboot of the franchise for quite some time and now the movie seems that it is not too far away.
As for Vikander, 2016 has already been a hugely successful year as she scooped the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her wonderful performance in The Danish Girl, alongside Eddie Redmayne.
We are going to be seeing plenty more of her this year as she has already completed work on Tulip Fever, The Light Between Oceans and she is one of the big new additions to the Jason Bourne cast list.
The movie will see her team up with filmmaker Paul Greengrass for the first time while Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones, and Vincent Cassel are also on board.
The Oscar-winner is currently filming new movie Submergence with James McAvoy, which is an adaptation of the novel by J.M. Ledgard.