Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan and Cara Delevingne were the frontrunners for Lara Croft before Alicia Vikander was cast.
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.
Daisy Ridley had turned down the role of Lara Croft due to her commitment on Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
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).
This film will mark the second time when Dominic West plays the role of Alicia Vikander's father after Testament of Youth (2014).
Alicia Vikander put on a lot of muscle to play Lara, as she wanted the character to be as realistic as possible and also did all of her own stunts.
It was announced that the reboot will be an adaptation of the 2013 Tomb Raider video game.
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.
Nina Dobrev, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Greene, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Browning, Elizabeth Olsen, Gemma Arterton, Nikki Reed, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Sienna Miller, Megan Fox, Rosario Dawson, Summer Glau, Kate Beckinsale, Daisy Ridley, Rhona Mitra, Alexandra Daddario and Kaya Scodelario have been rumored to take the role of Lara Croft.
Alicia Vikander beat out her Tulip Fever (2017) co-star Cara Delevingne for the role of Lara Croft.
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.
Kathryn Bigelow, Mimi Leder and Catherine Hardwicke were considered to direct the film.
Nick Frost starred in Spaced where the Simon Pegg character took pleasure in drowning Lara Croft on his Playstation version of the game when he felt depressed.
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).
The actress Emily Carey who plays Young Lara age 14 is the same actress who played Young Diana as a teenager in Wonder Woman.
Walton Goggins called the plot "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel Victory: An Island Tale".
Joseph Kosinski was rumored to direct the reboot of the "Tomb Raider" film franchise.
Daniel Wu is the second Hong Kong movie actor to star in adaptation of Tomb Raider after Simon Yam in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).
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.
This marks the second time Dominic West stars with Alicia Vikander after Testament of Youth (2014). In both films he is playing the father of Vikander's character.
Olivia Wilde whom was rumored for the role of Lara Croft, but denied it had starred opposite Daniel Craig in Cowboys & Aliens (2011) . Daniel Craig played Alex West in the 2001 film, which this film is a reboot of. Joseph Kosinski whom directed Olivia Wilde in Tron Legacy (2011) was rumored to direct the film.