First Look: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider

The Oscar winner dons the iconic tank top and embarks on a global adventure in the new film based on the video game.

Alicia Vikander had a major breakout year in 2015, playing both a mysterious (and eventually vengeful) robot in Ex Machina as well as a devoted wife and artist in The Danish Girl. It was the latter role that won her the Oscar and could have minted an entire career in thoughtful period dramas. Instead, for her follow-up, Vikander is going the action-heroine route, donning the iconic tank top and cargo pants of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

In these first-look images, see Vikander take on the role made famous first in the video-game series and then in the two films starring Angelina Jolie. But this version of Lara comes with a new backstory, and a new motivation for her adventures: seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes 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.

As the official plot description puts it, “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.”

“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.”

Producer Graham King, who won an Oscar as producer of The Departed, adds: “Alicia Vikander brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character, which is every bit as important as Lara Croft’s fierce strength, determination, and physicality. Our film takes Lara from her early origins, to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s a complex character, requiring a range of elements and Alicia brings all of that together brilliantly in her portrayal.”

Tomb Raider, directed by Roar Uthaug and co-starring Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu, comes to theaters on March 16, 2018.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ action adventure Tomb Raider, opening March 16, 2018. Photo by Graham Bortholomew.


First look at the new Lara Croft: Alicia Vikander takes over from Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider remake as official photos and plot details emerge

Three official photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft were shared on Monday.

The images, which appeared first in Vanity Fair, both show the star in a beige tank top and cargo pants.

In one photo the Swedish actress is on the beach, and in another she is in a forest. A third sees her in a pile of boulders.

Lara Croft originated in the Tomb Raider video game franchise launched in 1996, and was since immortalized by Angelina Jolie in two movies released: one in 2001 and the other in 2003.

An official synopsis of the reboot - which comes out next March - emerged on Monday as well, indicating that Lara's father - played by Dominic West - mysteriously vanishes.

'Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes,' the summary notes.

Somehow 'inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance,' she 'travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.'

Her perilous endeavor requires the full force of 'her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit,' and 'If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name Tomb Raider.'
Walton Goggins is reportedly featuring as the film's antagonist, whereas Daniel Wu will apparently be portraying a ship captain who winds up assisting Lara's quest.

Alicia, who won an Oscar for her turn in the 2015 period drama The Danish Girl, told Vanity Fair: 'When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited - Lara Croft is a truly iconic character.'

Calling Lara 'a model for many young women' Alicia explained: '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!'

Apparently, Lara's 'uniquely different to other characters I have taken on,' making it '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.'

Magnus Lygdb├Ąck, the trainer who'd helped Alicia build her body into shape for the part, dished about the process in an interview SELF ran Monday.

'Seven months before filming, I started Alicia on a nutrition plan for her to gain muscle and to boost her metabolism,' he's said.

Workout videos he gave her featured 'weight lifting to build muscle' as well as 'movement training to help build her into the Lara Croft character'.

Their full-time training, which began in London four months before principal photography, included stunt rehearsals, climbing, heavy lifting, boxing and MMA.


'Tomb Raider': First Look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft Released

The first look at Alicia Vikander in the upcoming big-screen Tomb Raider reboot has been released, and she looks very much like the Lara Croft longtime fans of the franchise will want to see.

The images, which debuted Monday on Vanity Fair's website, show the Ex Machina star as the new Croft, whose backstory goes through a makeover in director Roar Uthaug's upcoming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. No longer a globe-trotting adventurer, this new Croft is a bike messenger who goes off in search of her missing father, starting with his last-known location: a tomb off the coast of Japan.

"She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past," Vikander told the magazine about her high-profile new role. "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."

The new movie follows a 2013 reboot for the video game franchise, which also launched with an inexperienced version of the female Indiana Jones who'd previously been played on the big screen by Angelina Jolie in two movies in 2001 and 2003, respectively. The 2013 game, called simply Tomb Raider, spawned a 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Dominic West also star in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which is scheduled for a March 16, 2018, release.

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