Alicia Vikander cast as Lara Croft for new ‘Tomb Raider’ film

Oscar winner will take over from Angelina Jolie in computer-game franchise

Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider film.

The Swedish actress, who was won an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, will take on the character first made famous as a Playstation character back in 1996. Angelina Jolie famously played Croft in two films, including 2003 sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life

Roar Uthaug (The Wave) will direct the film, reported to be based on the recent storylines of the Tomb Raider games and explore Lara Croft’s origin story.

2013 game Tomb Raider saw gamers play through Croft’s first adventure as an archeology student with Rise of The Tomb Raider continuing that story in 2015.

As well as the Oscar for The Danish Girl, Vikander has also picked up plaudits for her roles in Ex Machina, Testament of Youth and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Later this year she will star alongside Matt Damon in Jason Bourne.

It was previously rumoured that Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley was the frontrunner to play Lara Croft. There is no current release date for the Tomb Raider film.