Fans of the Tomb Raider games were elated when it was announced that another movie featuring gaming’s top heroine was in the works, and that it would be hitting cinema screens in March 2018.
And many were also happy to hear that another high-calibre actress would be playing the Lara Croft role this time. This is none other than Swedish star Alicia Vikander, famous for her Oscar-winning role in the movie Dutch Girl, while she also gave a pretty good account of herself in other movies like The Fifth Estate.
The star recently told Vanity (via GameSpot) about her role in the upcoming movie, stating that “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women”, adding that “she’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass!”
Vikander also commented on how physically challenging the Lara Croft role is, but said she enjoyed this aspect of the filming, calling the role “an absolute thrill”.
Vanity also published new images of the film (see above), giving us another look at Alicia Vikander in full Lara Croft gear (other images of Vikander on the movie set had emerged online last February).
We also now know a bit more about the movie’s plot, which involves young Lara’s search for her father. The man had gone missing in a tomb off the Japanese coast, likely the perfect place for Lara to hone her skills and become the ass-kicking heroine audiences the world over have grown to love.
The thing is, will Alicia Vikander’s playing Lara Croft be as convincing as Angelina Jolie was back in 2001 when she featured in Simon West’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie? This remains to be seen, but here’s hoping this new Tomb Raider movie manages to break the video game movie curse and surprise everyone when it hits movie theatres in March next year.
Tomb Raider (Warner Bros. / Graham Bartholomew)