Alicia Vikander talks playing Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider” reboot.
While we still have just under a year until Tomb Raider opens in theaters next March, actress Alicia Vikander has spoken to EW about playing the iconic adventurer in their San Diego Comic Con special.
“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. She thought he 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.” – Alicia Vikander
Director Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider is promising to be quite different than the previous two Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie. At the start of the 2001 Tomb Raider, Lara Croft was already quite experienced. This version of Tomb Raider definitely is drawing from the 2013 video game, which served as a reboot itself! In the reboot, the game finds Lara Croft stranded on an island and follows her journey to rescue.
The casting of Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander is quite inspired and not all that different from the casting of Angelina Jolie, who at the time just came off an Academy Award winning turn in Girl, Interrupted. In the EW interview, Vikander speaks of working on a film like Tomb Raider after working on films like Ex Machina and The Danish Girl. She even goes on to name drop the Indiana Jones movies and The Mummy.
“I’m emotionally drawn to something that’s very different from what I’ve done before. Naturally that gives me an extra thrill. 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. 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.”
Expect Alicia Vikander to perform many stunts in the upcoming Tomb Raider film. Almost like Tom Cruise in his past few films, Tomb Raider sees to it that Vikander is submerged fully in water.
“Just like in The Wave, we have a lot of water sequences,” she says. “I spent my last two days of shooting in a tank and that was my 16th total day being fully drenched or submerged in the water. For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting. They threw me down that river — with my hands tied — about 50 times. I didn’t need to act, just react!”
I’m very much looking forward to Tomb Raider. It’s quite possible that we may have the first teaser trailer this month after a possible debut at San Diego Comic Con. Stay tuned.
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The film follows Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her father’s (Dominic West) research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name.
MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. The studios acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is producing.
Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Tomb Raider opens March 16, 2018.
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