Alicia Vikander is Your New Tomb Raider

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by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-chief

It’s hard to believe that a couple years ago we didn’t know Alicia Vikander. In 2015 alone the Swedish bombshell has strung together a filmography that many more established actors would kill for. Vikander first popped up on my radar as a scene stealer in the forgettable Jeff Bridges sword and sorcery film Seventh Son followed soon after by a turn as the robot AVA in one of the best films of the year, Ex Machina. She even managed to be one of the best parts of the big budget flop Man From U.N.C.L.E. AND even won an Academy Award for The Danish Girl. (I was even excited to see her pop her head in for a cameo in Burnt)

That was all in one year.

This year certainly won’t be as busy, but we will see Vikander in Tulip Fever and The Light Between Oceans, a couple smaller films receiving some buzz, as well as co-starring with Matt Damon in this Summer’s Jason Bourne. She seems be balancing smaller, interesting projects with the big budget popcorn films, which is exactly what she should be doing at this point in her career.

Beyond 2016 Vikander has a Wim Wender’s film and now she’s been cast as Lara Croft in the rebooted Tomb Raider, taking over the character previously played by Angelina Jolie. I love the choice and there’s tons of room for improvement over the last cinematic incarnation of the character. With the right writer and director this series could be something special, a modern day female Indiana Jones. There had been a lot of chatter about Daisy Ridley being up for the role a month or so ago, but it’s been reported that Vikander was always the studio’s first choice.

Perhaps between Vikander and her current beau, Michael Fassbender (Starring in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed), we’ll have some videogame to film adaptations that rise above the dreck that typically occupy this genre.


First Season of SWORD ART ONLINE Broken Down into Painfully True Five Minutes

I'm not here to debate whether or not Sword Art Online is overblown and a bit overrated when compared to most of the anime on the market, What I am here to do is show you an abridged video by Gigguk that may or may not make you think that all on your own!

Okay, I actually did like the first season of SAO, but that second season sucked. You can't shake me on that one. My hatred for that season makes me enjoy this video a bit more.

JOHN WICK Directors Helped Create Action Scenes in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

Fan Art by Patrick Brown

Fan Art by Patrick Brown

I’ve already said that Captain America: Civil War has some of the best action sequences ever put in a superhero movie. It makes complete sense now that I know that John Wick directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch were brought in to help develop some of those fight sequences!

Apparently, Joe and Anthony Russo are friends with them, and they thought that they could bring something special to the movie with their expertise. That’s exactly what they did. In an interview with Collider Joe Russo explained: 

"They did us a huge favor. They're friends of ours, and obviously, they're now off enjoying very successful directing careers, and just as friends we called them and asked them if they'd help us execute some of the action sequences. Along with Spiro Razatos, who is generally regarded as the top guy along with Chad and David, so we literally had an all-star team of second unit directors working on this movie with us, because we cared so much about the action, the quality of the action, and we knew we had to work really hard to up our game from Winter Solider, so we wanted to bring in the best people in the business to help us do that."

So believe the hype, my friends. When everyone in the world and I say that Civil War is loaded with some of the most badass action you've seen in a Marvel movie, keep in mind that the directors of John Wick helped make that happen, and it’s going to blow you away!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Directors Want Deadpool in the MCU

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk from Deadpool director Tim Miller and producer Simon Kinberg about bringing Spider-Man into Deadpool and Fox’s X-Men cinematic universe. Now the directors of Captain America: Civil War, Joe and Anthony Russo, are saying that they’d love to see Deadpool in the MCU.

The directors and writers of Civil War recently did a Q&A with Screen Junkies while analyzing the Honest Trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. During the Q&A, Deadpool was brought up, and Joe Russo said:

"He's (Anthony) seen Deadpool, I have not. Tim Miller is a very good friend of ours.” 

As you know Miller has done a lot of work with Marvel through his animation group Blur Studios. That led to the question of if they thought Deadpool would ever crossover into the MCU and this is what Joe said:

"We'd love to see Deadpool jump into the MCU. But that's probably all I have to say about that."

Anthony added:

"Yeah, yeah, The great thing about Marvel is that there is an attitude of nothing's impossible... but that doesn't mean everything is possible. You just have to chase it."

We already know that Miller is chasing it, and if the Russo bros. are friends with him, it’s safe to say they’ve talked about the possibility together. Now all we need is for Marvel Studios and Fox Studios to actually talk about it and make it happen. Obviously, everyone else involved with the movies on both ends wants it!

20th Century Fox Won’t Show New Footage at Comic-Con 2016 Because of Piracy

It feels like we're at a turning point when it comes to San Diego Comic-Con and the way studios approach the convention. In terms of movies, I think the convention peaked around the time The Avengers united on stage for the first time, and it's been going downhill ever since — Marvel Studios didn't even bother to show up last year, and with Disney's D23 Expo and Star Wars Celebration splintering off into their own events, it seems that moments like last year's concert are going to be harder and harder to justify for studios. It's so expensive for them to pimp their movies there, and there's no guarantee of success outside of the con crowd — Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is the prime example of this.

Now it looks like 20th Century Fox is going to be contributing to the con's decline for movie fans, because The Wrap reports that the studio will not be showing any exclusive footage because of fears that it will leak online. Of course it will leak online — that's a given at this point when people are streaming entire panels from inside the hall through Periscope. The studios should just be ready to upload everything they reveal in Hall H on YouTube immediately after it plays at the con, so the people who waited in line can be the first to witness it in person, and everyone else can see it online afterwards in a legitimate HD version instead of some crappy cam.

But it sounds like Fox isn't willing to do that, so fans won't get to see anything from Assassin's Creed, War For The Planet of The Apes, Deadpool 2, Wolverine 3, or any other geek-friendly movie they have in the pipeline. There are rumors that Disney might bail on this year's con as well, and that would be a huge blow for fandom: no Marvel, no Star Wars. For the record, Disney apparently denies this claim, but since they have their own conventions already, it almost doesn't make sense for them to trot things out at SDCC anymore. The only major players left are going to be Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Universe movies and maybe Paramount's Transformers and G.I. Joe properties, and while the diehard fans are still going to show up at the con regardless of which studios bring content, it seems like the Golden Age of Comic-Con is in the past.

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in TOMB RAIDER Reboot

While many fans were holding out hope that Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley would end up scoring the lead role of Lara Croft in the upcoming live-action reboot of Tomb Raider, Variety reports that Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander will play the part instead.

This is the first I'm hearing about Vikander's attachment to the project, but Variety's report claims that the actress has been the producers' top choice from the beginning (though they did meet with Ridley for the part, too). Vikander has had a Jessica Chastain-esque rise to fame, going from essentially an unknown to a full-fledged star in basically one year. Movies like Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Danish Girl put her on the map, and she's capitalized in a big way and scored roles in Jason Bourne and now this. While I would have liked to have seen Ridley in the role, I think Vikander has the potential to be great, and I'm especially interested to see if she has the physicality necessary for the part. This movie is going to be based on the 2013 video game reboot, and Lara takes some serious lumps during that game, so it'll be fascinating to see how closely they stick to that story and if Vikander can hack it.

The studio has apparently been waiting for a new draft of the screenplay, written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and it sounds like they've received it and all parties are satisfied. Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing, and this movie might hit theaters as soon as October 6, 2017. What do you think about Vikander as the new Lara Croft?

Honest Trailer For GAME OF THRONES Seasons 4 and 5

Game of Thrones is back, and I'm going to try to stick to my plan of writing about each episode after it airs. (Here's my little write-up about the season six premiere.) But while we wait for this Sunday's episode (entitled "Home," see photos here), the ScreenJunkies are back with another Honest Trailer for the fourth and fifth season.

At this point, you know what to expect from these videos: cheesy jokes, obvious observations, a childish approach to women and nudity, etc. This one's no different.