Alicia Vikander takes on Lara Croft role in ‘Tomb Raider’

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Los Angeles (AP) – Alicia Vikander is following in Angelina Jolie’s butt-kicking footsteps.

The Swedish actress has signed on to play the role of Lara Croft in a new “Tomb Raider” movie from Norwegian director Roar Uthaug.  MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films announced the news last week.

Jolie was the first actress to bring the popular video game character to life on the big screen.  Both Jolie films were poorly received by critics, but the first was a big box office success.

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

Vikander had a breakout 2015 with roles in films like the mind-bending thriller “Ex Machina” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”  She is fresh off of an Oscar win for her supporting performance in the period drama “The Danish Girl.”  She can be seen this summer in the new “Jason Bourne” film.