‘Tomb Raider’ Star Alicia Vikander Loved The Video Games When She Was Younger

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While fans initially wanted to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley as Lara Croft in Roar Uthaug’s Tomb Raider reboot, it was ultimately Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander who landed the role. The actress is obviously a fantastic choice to play the character, and as it turns out, she’s also a huge fan of the video games.

In the latest issue of Total Film (via Games Radar), Vikander reveals that not even her parents could stop her from playing the Tomb Raider games when she was younger, but her friends never found out about her passion for the franchise:

“I kept it secret – I didn’t have many girlfriends who shared that interest, but I really loved it. I did play Tomb Raider back then, even though my parents said I wasn’t allowed to.”

The role of Lara Croft will obviously require her to spend plenty of time in the gym for a lot of psysically demanding action sequences that will no doubt be in the movie, but it sounds like Vikander is ready for the challenge:

“I danced for many years. I really enjoy the aspect of being able to work with my physicality. In one way, I can probably do that unconsciously. But in this, it’s going to be a whole other level. It’s always wonderful when you get the chance to try things out that you never thought you would be able to do, to push yourself and your boundaries.”

As someone who really enjoyed the video game reboot, I have to say that I’ve been waiting for a new Tomb Raider movie for a while now and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Vikander will do with the character. I think that the role is in good hands. What about you guys? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Total Film (via Games Radar)

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • xxjinzaxx

    So after she escaped Poe Dameron’s underground base, this droid became an archeologist. This is like a Lucasfilm meta-achievement.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    Playing the game (or reading the comic/book your project is based on) is not a prerequisite, being a nerd/geek or having been one in highschool is not a prerequisite, pandering to nerdom by lying and saying either of those things is a disappointment.

    But I am going to assume she is telling the truth, though it isn’t that hard to come up with more than “I played the games when I was younger” the way she worded it (about her friends not being into video games so she hid playing it, her parents not wanting her too) makes me inclined to believe her.

    So, it is really cool that she did. It will likely make her easier to root for and get behind as fans when she starts doing press (Comic Con, etc) for this project. I do hope someone asks her about the 2013 reboot (which the movie will be based on) and if she had heard that they rebooted it, if she played it or has since she got the role, or at least if she was sent videos of certain key scenes and such to know what the 2013 game is like.

  • The_Last_Ride

    that is cool, not a lot of women really play a lot of games. No, Candy Crush doesn’t count