The Tomb Raider reboot did not mess around when it came to finding a leading lady. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander was cast as Lara Croft, bringing a lot of prestige to the 2018 release. That’s a 15 year gap from Angelina Jolie’s second appearance as the character. It seems like the new film will wind back the clock and have a very different Lara.
The character’s recent bump in popularity came from two new video games. Tomb Raider in 2013 was a compete reboot, telling the character’s origin. That was followed up two years later by another critical hit, Rise of the Tomb Raider. It seems like those two adventures have inspired Vikander’s approach to the role.
In an interview with Collider, she claimed the film was, “Based on the rebooted game which is more of an origin story.”
Many had expected that, given the success the two games have found. They’ve certainly taken the character in a different direction, and we can expect that in this film too. Vikander herself pointed out how different the new games are from the old. She should know, as it sounds like she was a fan of the old games and films when she was younger:
I played the game when I was a kid. It was a really the real first protagonist I had seen in a video game at that point. And of course Angelina Jolie made her into an icon. So it’s cool to try to step into the shoes and we’re hoping to make something that will hopefully be fresh and new.
It sounds like the Oscar winner is looking forward to filming a big budget film. Having received acclaim for smaller productions like The Danish Girl and Ex-Machina, this will be a big change. Vikander said, “I think the thrill of being part of making one (a blockbuster) myself would be extraordinary.”
It won’t be long before the actress is on a big blockbuster set. She’s currently filming Submergence alongside X-Men star James McAvoy. Vikander revealed that she moves on to shooting Tomb Raider towards the end of this year.
Tomb Raider is set for a March 16th, 2018 release.