Alicia Vikander talks “Tomb Raider” role and when to expect the first trailer.
While promoting her latest film, Euphoria, at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, Alicia Vikander spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming role as video game adventurer Lara Croft in next year’s Tomb Raider.
“I grew up playing the games, and I was thrilled when I was 15 and I saw the films with Angelina Jolie. She really made her into an icon with those films. It’s very much an origin story, and it’s much more kind of the next-door girl taking on a journey of becoming the action hero that we’ve very much known her to be. So I definitely think there’s a lot of elements there, both honoring the character people know of and a lot of new elements that they will hopefully be surprised and engaged to see.”
As a fan of both Vikander and the Tomb Raider games and films, I’m very excited to see director Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider. It sounds like an inspired take to show Lara Croft as an aimless, 21 year old bicycle courier who goes on the proverbial hero’s journey and ultimately becomes the Lara Croft of video game legend. It certainly is a take apart from Angelina Jolie’s Croft, who was already an established adventurer right up there with Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones and Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. It’s also personally exciting for me to see Alicia Vikander take on the role of Lara Croft – we’re both the same age and so sharing the same entry point into the series video game wise, and viewing the Angelina Jolie films at the same place in our life is very cool. There is no question that her performance as Lara Croft is going to be just as good, if not better, than Angelina Jolie. Certainly two different takes on the character.
Vikander, who has continually made incredibly smart acting choices went on to say:
“I thought it was a shot to tell a story about a young girl finding her footing in the world. I hope it will be relatable to young women and I hope parents will want their kids to see it. It’s about being young, and not really knowing what kind of life is going to be in front of you. And you’ve been thrown questions about what you want to do, what you should do, and it’s not an easy thing for a teenager to figure that out. There’s a lot of pressure. It’s a coming of age story with a known action character, and hopefully, we’ll see some new aspects of her that we haven’t seen before.”
While we’ve only seen a few publicity stills of Alicia Vikander, we don’t really know all too much about the secretive project. All that may soon change as the official theatrical trailer has just been rated and clocks in at 2 minutes and 10 seconds. We previously reported that a trailer should be expected soon with all signs pointing towards it being attached to Blade Runner 2049 or Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
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.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)