“Video game movies may have the deck stacked against them from the start, but it sure helps out to have one of the most popular new actresses in the world as your star. And the Tomb Raider film has just landed Alicia Vikander, who will lead as the young adventurer, Lara Croft.
Vikander had an absolutely blockbuster 2015, winning an Oscar for her supporting role in The Danish Girl, turning heads as an AI in Ex Machina, and appearing in the rather good The Man from UNCLE. This year, she’s going to be in the new Jason Bourne film, and will star opposite Assassin’s Creed’s Michael Fassbender in The Light Between Oceans.
A few weeks ago, it was rumored that The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley was in negotiations to star as Lara Croft, and perhaps that was potentially in the cards, but the role ultimately went to Vikander. Either actress would have been a big get, but Vikander may be the bigger fish at this point, with her Oscar win and current ultra-“it” status.
But of course, it’s not just the actress starring in the films that matters, it’s who is making the films themselves. Director Roar Uthaug is a bit of an unknown, as he’s best known for his Norwegian disaster film, The Wave. Screenwriter Evan Daugherty may be a little more worrisome, given that his past work includes recent disaster Snow White and the Huntsman HUN -1.46%, along with Divergent and the 2014 Ninja Turtles reboot.
Obviously whatever Tomb Raider movie is made now is going to be compared to the two previous Angelina Jolie films, which were lambasted by critics, but ultimately rather profitable worldwide. In the eternal search for “good” video game movies, I don’t think any fans would hold those films up as prime examples, though at the time, Jolie did seem like the natural fit for the sultry Lara Croft…”