Alicia Vikander talks playing Lara Croft in upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
Filming on Roar Uthag’s Tomb Raider wrapped this past June after 95 days of principal photography. With seven months left until the film opens in theaters, we’ve learned just a little more about the film and the new Lara Croft from headlining star, Alicia Vikander. In this month’s issue of Elle, the Academy Award winning actress opened up about her new role.
“I love big popcorn movies. I’ve never done action scenes on this level – not even close. It feels like I’m back to dancing – the training, the intensity. You need to be aware of your movement up in the wires and how your body works. I’ve never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it’s pretty empowering!”
In regards to training, Alicia Vikander revealed to Self that she started a nutrition plan seven months before filming with the goal of helping her gain muscle and to boost her metabolism. Her workouts consisted mostly of weight lifting and which meant: heavy lifting five to six days a week, climbing two or three times a week, and boxing and MMA four times a week. On top of all that, they did a few hours of near-daily stunt rehearsals. After two months of that, Vikander cut her workouts to 30 minutes of HIIT in the morning and 45 minute gym sessions in the afternoon. Her trainer, Magnus Lygdback also worked with Ben Affleck on Justice League.
It sure is going to be very exciting to see a new actress take on the role of Lara Croft, which is still very much thought of as an Angelina Jolie character. Jolie, who also performed a majority of her own stunts, created an iconic character out of a character that was already iconic due to the video game. The 2001 film, Tomb Raider, was one of my favorite movies that summer and I probably saw it just under 10 times in theaters. Jolie’s Lara Croft was undeniably a super-hero and I thought she was terrific. Alicia Vikander’s Croft is going to be more grounded and much more in line with the video game reboot as opposed to the previous games that Jolie’s film were inspired by. Even so, the 28 year old Alicia Vikander had a few shining words on Angelina Jolie:
“I thought I was going to have to explain it to my mom, and she was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah—Angelina did that!’ It proves that [Jolie] set a whole tone for that kind of role, so I knew we had to do something very different.” – Alicia Vikander to E!
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)