Alicia Vikander has become the latest Hollywood “it” girl lately and it isn’t hard to see why. The Swedish actress exploded onto the scene in 2015 after she starred in six different movies. Chief among these was her incredible performance as the android, Ava, in Alex Garland’s Ex Machina. Vikander went on to top herself later that year with her role in The Danish Girl, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. These critically acclaimed roles have helped to cement her status among film fanatics, but the actress will likely make an even bigger splash with the general public as an action star when she appears in the new Tomb Raider film.
We’ve known for some time that Vikander will take on the lead role in the upcoming film. Given the incredible popularity of the most recent reboot of the franchise, a new movie seemed inevitable. It was only a matter of when it would happen, and who would be taking on the role.
It’s been 13 years since the last Tomb Raider movie, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life and the new film will take a completely different approach to the character. The latest film is based on the reboot of the series that began in 2013 with a darker, grittier interpretation than the PlayStation games of old. Instead of Angelina Jolie’s wealthy, jet-setting heroine, Vikander will portray Croft as a struggling recent archaeology graduate embarking on her first adventures. The character was previously best known for toting big guns (along with other assets), but the most recent games have succeeded at changing Lara Croft’s image for the modern day.
And Alicia Vikander isn’t the only award-winning actor making the jump to movies based on video games. Vikander’s partner, Michael Fassbender, will make the leap of faith to video game film adaptations when he stars as the hero of the Assassin’s Creed movie. It’s set for release on December 21, 2016.
Like Jennifer Lawrence before her, Alicia Vikander has become a pop culture sensation. She’s been in a high-profile relationship with Fassbender since 2014 and has also opened up about her personal life, discussing what it was like to leave home at 16. When she isn’t making up one half of the most powerful (and popular) couples in Hollywood (sorry Brangelina), you can find her on the cover of some of the world’s most exclusive fashion magazines. Not bad for an actress few people would have recognized two years ago.
We only expect Vikander to become even more popular in the coming years as she takes on roles with more mass appeal. With Tomb Raider, which is scheduled for a 2018 release, we could soon see the actress become a household name.