It’s been 15 years since we first saw Angelina Jolie fight the Illuminati in search of ancient artifacts as Lara Croft, but now it looks like there will be another equally vivacious lady to take her place.
Alicia Vikander, who at 27 has already blown critics away with her incredible portrayal of characters like Gerda in The Danish Girl and Ava in Ex Machina, was announced yesterday as the next Lara Croft. According to GQ, she beat out a slew of other Hollywood powerhouse actresses for the role, including Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, Mother of Dragons Emilia Clarke, and other front-runners like Cara Delevingne and Gemma Arterton.
Croft is based on a fictional English archaeologist in the video game franchise Tomb Raider, which was first released in 1996. Though she is lauded by many for her brazen adventures, the character has also received a fair amount of criticism for a sexist design.
Early iterations of the video game turned her into a sex object for teenage boys, who navigated a scantily clad, improbably large-breasted avatar through tombs. However, recent reboots of the video game have depicted a more realistic, less sexualized version of Croft, Time reported.
Time also noted that people have actually taken to social media to voice concern that Vikander doesn’t have the “right” body type to play Croft. You know what? Too bad. The idea of casting an actress based on breast size or the outlandish proportions of a video game is nonsense. What’s important is that Vikander will bring great physicality (she has an extensive background as a ballet dancer) and nuanced acting to the iconic part, and that’s all we should really care about.
So, who needs the haters? With Angelina passing the torch, we can’t wait to see Vikander bring Lara Croft back to us, guns and bows and arrows and all.