Alicia Vikander On Her ‘Tomb Raider’ Origin Story: “This is the Beginning”

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Alicia Vikander will be starring in one of the best video game adaptations ever.

Okay, so that’s just a hopeful statement, but after the constant disappointments – especially last year’s double whammy of Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed – it’s surely about time we have a winner, right?

Fingers tightly crossed for Tomb Raider, an upcoming adaptation starring Oscar winner Vikander as Lara Croft. Many will remember Angelina Jolie’s two Croft films from the early 2000s; this one’s going a different route, focusing on the character’s origin and introducing her before she’s earned that Tomb Raiding title.

“She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, but we’ve stripped away all of her experience. She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet,” Vikander said in a recent interview with EW. “She thought [her father] was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.”

Next year’s Tomb Raider will certainly be a different type of role for Vikander, who says that playing an action heroine has long been a dream.

“I have mostly done dramas and indie films in my career but I don’t know how many times I’ve watched big adventure films like Indiana Jones or The Mummy,” she said. “I love to get embraced in all those big journeys and to do an action role has always been a child’s dream of mine.”

She wanted action, she’s got it. The actress also described some of the stunt work she was involved in, including reaching her “16th total day being fully drenched or submerged in the water”.

“For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting,” she says with a bemused laugh. “They threw me down that river — with my hands tied — about 50 times. I didn’t need to act, just react!”

Tomb Raider, also starring Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu, arrives in Australia on March 15, 2018 and opens in the US on March 16, 2018. Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directed from a screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who’s attached to both Sherlock Holmes 3 and Gotham City Sirens.

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Check out the official synopsis:

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.

Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.  But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.  Suddenly, 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.

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