Alicia Vikander is on a nice roll at the moment, and she’s likely to be a household name any day now. In 2015, she appeared in four films- including EX MACHINA and THE DANISH GIRL– and is about to be seen in the hotly-anticipated JASON BOURNE. The biggest test of her rising star power will come when she takes on the role of Lara Croft in a new TOMB RAIDER film.
TOMB RAIDER will be a series reboot, hitting the reset button and acting like the two Angelina Jolie films based on the property never happened. What’ll be the inspiration for the rebooted film? Why, the rebooted games, of course! See, Hollywood isn’t the only entity that likes putting facelifts on its classic titles. The TOMB RAIDER games themselves were rebooted in 2013, and Vikander says that’s exactly what the film will look to as their source material.
“They told me they were doing the film based on the reboot of the game from 2013,” the actress told HitFix. “That is more of an origin story. You get into an emotional aspect of getting to know Lara hopefully in an in-depth way. So I hope that doing a film of the rebooted game will bring something new and fresh thatâ€™ll stand on its own two legs.“
The actress also revealed that she was a fan of the original games, and played them as a child. “I, with the rest of the world, was excited to see a female protagonist in a video game,” Vikander said. â€œI was a bit scared playing it when I was 12, 13. I had to go take little breaks.“
It makes sense that the new film would pull from the new TOMB RAIDER games, which really seemed to add depth to the mythos. When they originally came around, the games really seemed to be, “Hey, you can play through Indiana Jones-style adventures as a girl with big boobs!” The latest installments look far grittier and more interesting.
The new TOMB RAIDER comes out on March 16, 2018.