• Alicia Vikander is set to reprise the role of Lara Croft, first made famous by Angelina Joie. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
The Oscar winner has signed on to lead the action franchise reboot.

29 Apr 2016 - 8:30 AM  UPDATED 29 Apr 2016 - 8:30 AM

Alicia Vikander has fought off strong competition to land the role of Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider action franchise reboot.

Vikander will be playing Lara Croft in the MGM and GK Films Tomb Raider reboot, it was announced Thursday. Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug is on board to direct.

While other actresses had met for the role, including Daisy Ridley, source indicate that Vikander had always been the first choice. The reason for the delay of announcement was that the studio was waiting for a new draft of the script, sources say.

MGM joined the project in 2013, acquiring rights to the popular video game to develop the feature in partnership with Graham King's GK Films. King, who acquired Tomb Raider in 2011 from Square Enix, will serve as producer.

The original Tomb Raider was released in 1996 by London-based Eidos, which is now part of Square Enix. The games have sold over 35 million units. Square Enix released a reboot in 2013 with a younger Croft (now 21) being sent off on her first big adventure amid amped-up action and set pieces.

Paramount's two films starring Angelina Jolie as the British archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

Vikander won an Oscar for her performance in The Danish Girl, and also garnered attention for her performance in Ex Machina. Coming up, the actress has the next movie in the Jason Bourne franchise and The Light Between Oceans opposite Michael Fassbender.

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