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Alicia Vikander

Is there anything this woman can’t do?

What a day for Alicia Vikander! Mere hours after the trailer for her upcoming drama Tulip Fever dropped Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the prolific actress will also play Lara Croft—the role that made Angelina Jolie a global star—in the new Tomb Raider.

This ingenue has been stacking roles faster than anyone else in Hollywood—and, wisely, submerging herself in as many genres as possible. After her eye-catching turn in Alex Garland’s sci-fi Ex Machina, it briefly seemed that Vikander had found her niche in drama: she delivered an Oscar-winning supporting performance as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl, and has subsequent roles opposite heavyweights Michael Fassbender andChristoph Waltz in upcoming dramas The Light Between Oceans and Tulip Fever, respectively. But Vikander clearly wants to keep blockbuster action roles in her repertoire, as well. She played a spy last year in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., got a small supporting role in Jason Bourne as a C.I.A. agent, and now, well . . . Angelia Jolie’s career isn’t seeming like a bad comparison at all.

Needless to say, Vikander’s been very busy. Her name is on no fewer than eight movies (not counting Tomb Raider) released between 2015 and 2017. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Roar Uthaug will direct and Graham King (executive producer on World War Z, Argo, and more) will produce as Vikander helms her very first franchise. It’s been over a decade since Lara Croft kicked her way into theaters, which in this day and age makes the franchise due for a reboot. If someone has to take over Jolie’s mantle, Vikander definitely seems like the one to pull it off.

 

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