Alicia Vikander has taken on the mantle of Lara Croft and she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
Thanks to Vanity Fair, we now have our official first look at the Oscar-winning actress as the iconic action-heroine in the “Tomb Raider” reboot. Along with these images are new details about the movie’s plot.
These promo shots show the 28-year-old actress clad in a beige tank top and matching cargo pants. The 1st photo sees the Swedish actress standing in a forest while the other 2 pictures has a bit more action to it. We see Lara defending herself with a wooden stick against a mysterious figure while another image sees her in a pile of boulders.
The role of Lara Croft from the video game series was previously made famous by Angelina Jolie – who had 2 big screen outings – some 14 years ago. As aforementioned, the upcoming “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” will be a prequel story of sorts. The modern version of Lara comes with a new backstory and a new motivation for her quest.
The official plot synopsis is as follows:
“7 years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
“Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name Tomb Raider.”
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited, Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. 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. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past,” Vikander told Vanity Fair.
“She also has a fantastic mix of traits, tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill,” she added.
Word on the street has it that the creative team is taking cues from the 2013 video game reboot. This is probably a wise move considering those games were well-received by fans.
“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” is set to open on 16th March 2018.