Alicia Vikander Discusses 'Tomb Raider'; New Still Released

Coming out March 16, 2018 will be a reboot for the Tomb Raider franchise, that will have Alicia Vikander take on a different iteration of the character - a fresh-faced adventurist that doesn't quite have the same skill-set Angelina Jolie's version had - that will undertake a personal mission to sought out her presumed-dead archaeologist father, who will be played by Dominic West.

“She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits,” Vikander said. “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.”


Stripping back the character to a more freshman start made the actress join the film. “I was surprised that my mum knew what Tomb Raider was. That’s due to the fact that Angelina Jolie made Lara Croft such an icon. But this is a beautiful way of showing a very loved character from more angles.

“I’m emotionally drawn to something that’s very different from what I’ve done before,” she continued. “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.”


Thanks to her background as a dancer, Vikander was prepared for any task thrown at her by director Roar Uthaug -  who has made intense disaster films like The Wave.

“Just like in 'The Wave', we have a lot of water sequences,”
she said. “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,” she explained. “They threw me down that river — with my hands tied — about 50 times. I didn’t need to act, just react!”


Vikander, has since gained a new motivation to drive female-led films after seeing one recently performed spectacularly. “I went to the cinema and saw 'Wonder Woman' the other day. It’s a mixture of joy and sadness pouring over me, as I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I haven’t seen women onscreen like that.’ And I wondered how many stories there have there been throughout the years that haven’t been told. If 'Wonder Woman' made such an impact, which it deserves to, then we need to use ten times as much force to make some change. Because it needs to happen.”

Source: EW


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