Take a Look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider
Alicia Vikander became a breakout star in 2015 for playing a cunning, artificially intelligent robot in Ex Machina and a devoted wife and artist in The Danish Girl. The latter role even earned her an Academy Award. For her next major follow-up, Vikander is filling the iconic role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.
Vanity Fair released a few images of Vikander donning Lara’s familiar look: a tank top, cargo pants, bandages, and lots and lots of dirt. You’ll notice that she more resembles the Lara Croft from the rebooted games, Crystal Dynamic’s Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider.
This new movie version of Lara comes with a new backstory, as well as a new motivation for her adventures. Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take over his global business empire. She instead works as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. She’s eventually inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
“Suddenly,” says the official plot description, “the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character,“ Vikander told Vanity Fair via e-mail. “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”
Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug. Also starring in the film are Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu. The film is scheduled to come to theaters on March 16, 2018.
Source: Vanity Fair