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Hot off the press! The new Lara Croft has been announced! #TombRaider

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The long-gestating Tomb Raider reboot just got a major injection of class with the announcement that Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is to take on the role of gaming's most fearless adventurer, Lara Croft.

Speculation had been raging that Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley was going to be playing the pistol-packing Lara: oft-imitated PlayStation heroine and the character responsible for spawning one of the biggest gaming franchises of all time.

However, Variety has now confirmed that The Danish Girl actress Vikander is locked into Tomb Raider reboot, to be directed by Norway's Roar Uthaug (that's a suitably Tomb Raider-esque moniker, we think). Remind yourselves of her moving performance in the clip below.

Alicia will be taking over from megastar Angelina Jolie who kicked ass as Lara in the 2001 and 2003 Tomb Raider movies, neither of which went down especially well with fans despite the former's box office success. 

However, given Alicia's versatility and new-found stardom off the back of diverse roles like A Royal Affair, Ex Machina and the aforementioned The Danish Girl, we think she's more than capable of doing the Tomb Raider justice.

What are your thoughts on Alicia Vikander playing Lara Croft? Let us know @Cineworld.


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