Back in April, Alicia Vikanderwas cast as the new Lara Croft in a planned reboot of the franchise. In 2001 and 2003, our old pal Angelina Jolie starred as Lara Croft in two films, and then she walked away from the franchise… although there was talk over the years of getting Jolie to do a third film, but no dice. So, Alicia’s in for a new Tomb Raider, one that will be based off of the rebooted video game. The question is, can Vikander carry a big action franchise AND can she meet Angelina?!
In a way, Angelina Jolie paved the way for Alicia Vikander. E! News’ Maria Menounos caught up with the 27-year-old actress Monday at the Las Vegas premiere of her new movie, Jason Bourne, and asked her how it feels to be taking over the role Jolie made famous 15 years ago.
“That is a woman I would love to meet,” Vikander said of Jolie, a fellow Oscar winner who starred in 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel, 2003′s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. “She made an icon of that character, of course.” Vikander said she is a longtime fan of Jolie’s work, both in front of and behind the camera. “She’s quite an incredible woman,” she raved of the actress, director and writer. “I would love to meet her.”
However, Vikander won’t be calling Jolie for advice as she prepares to play the video game character.
“What we’re doing is something quite different since they rebooted the game in 2013. It’s a whole new take,” she explained to Menounos. “We’re doing a film of that game.”
I think Vikander is being honest about how she would love to meet Angelina, but advice? Come on. Vikander is a great actress in her own right, and probably doesn’t want to sully her own preconception and exploration of the character with Angie interps from the past. Right?
Okay, so not her next Oscar win, but it pays the mortgage…
Alicia Vikander has signed on to star in Tomb Raider for MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films,The Hollywood Reporter reports. And it’s not the Angelina Jolie tomb raider this time. The new film will tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure…so like an updated prequel.
Vikander, who won an Oscar for her turn in The Danish Girl, is hoping to become just as bankable as Jolie but honestly do people really care about these types of franchises much anymore? Or, Tomb Raider? I know The Hunger Games was huge for Jennifer Lawrence, but Shailene Woodley didn’t have the same luck with the Divergent series. I feel like nobody cares about Tomb Raider anymore. Or hey, maybe it’s just me?
Last year was a turning point for Vikander, who won an Oscar for her performance in The Danish Girl while also starring in Ex Machina, Burnt and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. This year she continues working like a BOSS, and will be seen in the drama The Light Between Oceans as well as the Matt Damon action pic Jason Bourne.
So hey, if Tomb Raider fails, she has other things going on. Are you excited to see Alicia as Lara Croft?
On an episode of Fashion Police on Monday, the guest cohostcouldn’t hide his disdain for this Oscar winner’s dress.
“I loathed this look,” said the Project Runway mentor, 62, disagreeing with stylist Brad Goreski, who had gushed about the actress’ appearance. “I thought it was the amateur hour. From my many years of teaching, this to me looked like a student project.”
Who is Tim throwing shade at?! Find out, after the jump!
I’m not sure what else Stacey Dash had to say after her weird Oscars response blog post, but apparently she’s milking her new 15 minutes with all the fervor and shamelessness of a Fox News Anchor.
The 49 year old (YEAH, I KNOW, genes are the one thing she has going for her) thought it would be a good idea to milk her Oscars moment by doing her own version of Mean Tweets, making light of the whole awkward moment and people hating her, but it uh, doesn’t really come off as funny. It’s more…sad.
Check out the video below and let us know how much it FAILS.