In March 2013, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that they acquired the rights to the "Tomb Raider" video game from Paramount Pictures, who let their film rights to the video game series expire after Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) failed to find audiences.
Alicia Vikander will not only be the second actress to portray Lara Croft in a movie, but also the second Oscar winning actress to do so after Angelina Jolie. In fact the two actually won in the same category, Best Supporting Actress. Jolie won in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Vikander won in 2016 for The Danish Girl (2015).
When Empire Magazine interviewed Gemma Arterton on her vampire film Byzantium (2012). The actress was told that she had been on many fan's wish-list for the role of Lara Croft and one of the series of Twitter questions put to her by the interviewer asks, if she would be interested in playing Lara Croft and she gave the standard answer "If the script was good" and revealed she was a big fan of the video game as a teenager.
After the release of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), Angelina Jolie announced she didn't want to do another film as the iconic video game character, hence the reboot of the franchise. However, in late 2013, there were rumors Angelina Jolie wanted to come back as Lara Croft, but the rumor was false.
In 2009, Warner Bros. had plans to reboot the franchise with some help from Lin Pictures with Megan Fox attached to star. However, when in 2011 the project died, MGM began its efforts to bring their prequel version to life. In 2013, the studio brought on Marti Noxon to rewrite the reboot and take over for Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, all of whom are now being replaced by the Daugherty.
In one of the trailers released for the movie Lara Croft is seen buying two Heckler and Koch USP Match handguns and saying "I'll take two." In the 'Lara Croft' movies starring Angelina Jolie, Lara wields the same weapons in both movies.
Similar to the original films with American actress Angelina Jolie portraying Lara Croft who's a British character, this time Swedish actress Alicia Vikander takes the role of Lara Croft (technically, Vikander was born in Sweden, but moved to the UK at age 15).