Alicia Vikander to play Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' reboot

Tomb Raider Reboot Casts Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

"The Danish Girl" star Alicia Vikander has nabbed one of Hollywood's most coveted leading roles.

Vikander will be playing Lara Croft in the MGM and GK Films' "Tomb Raider" reboot, it was announced Thursday. Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug is on board to direct.

Rumors had previously swirled of Daisy Ridley landing the iconic role, but sources indicate that Vikander had always been the first choice. The reason for the delay of announcement was that the studio was waiting for a new draft of the script, sources say.

Photos of Alicia Vikander from recent red carpets:

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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)

MGM joined the project in 2013, acquiring rights to the popular videogame to develop the feature in partnership with Graham King's GK Films. King, who acquired "Tomb Raider" in 2011 from Square Enix, will serve as producer.

The original "Tomb Raider" was released in 1996 by London-based Eidos, which is now part of Square Enix. The games have sold over 35 million units. Square Enix released a reboot in 2013 with a younger Croft (now 21) being sent off on her first big adventure amid amped-up action and set pieces.

Paramount's two films starring Angelina Jolie as the Brit archaeologist were released in 2001 and 2003 and grossed $432 million worldwide.

Warner Bros., which owned 20% of Eidos, subsequently launched development of a "Tomb Raider" project with Dan Lin producing, but the feature rights went to Square Enix after it bought Eidos in 2009 for $120 million.

Warners came on board in early 2015. MGM has teamed with the studio this year on "Hot Pursuit," "Max" and the upcoming "Creed."

Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM; Drew Crevello is leading for Warners and Denis O'Sullivan for GK Films.

Following a strong 2015 that not only included her Oscar win for her performance in "The Danish Girl" but an equally lauded performance in "Ex Machina", Vikander looks to have just as strong of a year ahead of her in 2016. She can be seen next in "Jason Bourne", the next installment in the "Bourne Identity" franchise as well as "The Oceans Between Us" opposite Michael Fassbender.

She is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management.

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