Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider (2018)

Tomb Raider’s Alicia Vikander Teases Lara Croft’s Origins

The Tomb Raider reboot is less than a year out, and all that’s been shown are stills and blurry footage. It’s possible Warner Bros. may have something to show at SDCC, but expectations should be kept in check for the time being. That said, star Alicia Vikander is at least teasing what the film will have on offer. In an interview with EW, the Oscar-winner said the following of Lara Croft’s origins in the reboot:

“She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, 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.”

The “he” Vikander references is Lara’s father, Richard Croft — the catalyst to her embarking on her first adventure. The new film is being adapted from Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 reboot of the game franchise. In the film, Lara will discover a clue concerning her father who is presumably deceased. Said clue encourages her to search for him.

While the plot may differ from the 2013 game, there she set out on an expedition to find the lost Yamatai kingdom, Vikander certainly looks like the latest iteration of Lara. Her look is pulled directly from Crystal’s reboot, and a new photo demonstrates as much:

Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft
Photo Courtesy of Ilze Kitshoff/Warner Bros.

It seems the action will resemble the series’ newest approach as well. Vikander told EW:

“For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting,” she said. “They threw me down that river — with my hands tied — about 50 times. I didn’t need to act, just react!”

What else from Tomb Raider’s lengthy history do you wish to see reflected on the big screen? Twin pistols, an Angelina Jolie nod of sorts? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Tomb Raider opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.

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