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.