While rumors had pegged STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ Daisy Ridley to be the front-runner for the role, it looks like Warner Bros. and MGM have chosen another incredible actress to raid tombs for them.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that EX MACHINA’S Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in TOMB RAIDER.

This is incredible news and an absolute coup for the production. Vikander is one of the biggest up-and-coming stars out there right now and her recent output of dazzling performances in EX MACHINA, THE MAN FROM UNCLE, and THE DANISH GIRL has her poised to become a global superstar.

To get to superstar status, however, you need a big blockbuster franchise these days. She has JASON BOURNE on the horizon, but she is still playing second fiddle to Matt Damon. In TOMB RAIDER, she will be front and center and I can’t wait to see what she does.