Alicia Vikander's 'Tomb Raider' gets 2018 release date

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Warner Bros. and MGM have dated Alicia Vikander's "Tomb Raider" for March 16, 2018.

Vikander became attached to the role of Lara Croft in April.

MGM and Warner Bros are co-producing the film. They acquired the rights from GK Films which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is serving as producer.

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The original "Tomb Raider" game was published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos and went on to become one of the most successful video games of the time. Eidos is now part of an international interactive entertainment group, Square Enix.

The Tomb Raider franchise has sold over 45 million copies worldwide. Paramount's two films starring Angelina Jolie as British archaeologist Lara Croft were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

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Alicia Vikander kisses her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "The Danish Girl", as she arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Alicia Vikander, winner for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Danish Girl", celebrates backstage at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actress Alicia Vikander arrives at the ninth annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party in Los Angeles, California February 26, 2016. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Alicia Vikander, nominated for Best Supporting Actress in "Danish Girl," wears a yellow Louis Vuitton gown as she arrives at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Actress Alicia Vikander arrives at the 88th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, California February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Alicia Vikander accepts the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for her role in "The Danish Girl" at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Alicia Vikander accepts the award for Best Supporting Actress for "The Danish Girl" during the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Rising Star Award recipient Alicia Vikander poses at the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, California, January 2, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Cast members Alicia Vikander (L) and Eddie Redmayne pose during the premiere of the film "The Danish Girl" in Los Angeles, California November 21, 2015. The film opens in the U.S. on November 27. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian
Cast member Alicia Vikander arrives for the premiere of the film "The Fifth Estate" at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Eddie Redmayne (L) and Alicia Vikander pose in the Winner's Area at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Director Joe Wright (C) arrives with cast members Alicia Vikander (L) and Keira Knightley at the premiere of the movie "Anna Karenina" at the Arclight Cinema in Hollywood, California November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Cast member Alicia Vikander poses as she arrives for the screening of the movie "A Royal Affair" at Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 16, 2012. Pictured in the background (R) is Berlinale festival director Dieter Kosslick. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (GERMANY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Vikander won an Oscar for her performance in "The Danish Girl," and also garnered attention for her performance in "Ex Machina." Coming up, the actress has the next movie in the Jason Bourne franchise and "The Light Between Oceans" opposite Michael Fassbender.

"Tomb Raider" is the first film dated on March 16, 2018. Speculation has emerged in the past that the studio was going to open its DC Comics' title "The Flash" on that date but Warners has yet to set an official date for "The Flash."

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