As part of their San Diego Comic-Con preview, Entertainment Weekly has revealed a new image from the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot starring Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.
The reboot which serves as an origin story for Lara finds her working as a bike courier in London, taking college classes rather than running the business empire of her long-missing father (played by Dominic West) until she decides to investigate his disappearance at his last-known location: a tomb on an island located somewhere off the coast of Japan.
While speaking to the magazine, Vikander opened up about the new portrayal of the character previously played by Angeline Jolie. The actress explained that while Lara possesses all the necessary potential, the film dials the clock back, to begin with her before she’s forced to discover the courage within and become the heroic archaeologist we know as the Tomb Raider:
“She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits,” Vikander says, “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.”
For the film that draws inspiration from the 2013 reboot of the video game, following Lara on theon the fictional island of Yamatai, Vikander revealed that much of the film, like director Roar Uthaug’s previous film The Wave, finds Lara submerged in water much of the time:
“Just like in The Wave, we have a lot of water sequences. 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.”
Vikander went on to add that one sequence, in particular, was so intense it didn’t require her to act whatsoever:
“For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting,” she says with a bemused laugh. “They threw me down that river — with my hands tied — about 50 times. I didn’t need to act, just react!”
The actress also commented how empowered she felt after seeing Wonder Woman recently and how important it is to now force Hollywood to tell new stories that feature female characters in such powerful roles:
“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.”
You can check out the new image of Vikander as Lara Croft below.
Tomb Raider is an MGM and Warner Bros co-production with GK Films. Graham King produced the film from a script written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Gary Barber and Tim Headington also produced with Drew Crevello, Cassidy Lange, Patrick McCormick and Denis O’Sullivan serving as exec producers.
In addition to Vikander, the film also stars Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West as Richard Croft.
Tomb Raider is currently slated to hit theaters on March 16, 2018. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the Tomb Raider reboot as we learn it.