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Alicia Vikander Will Play in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

After her incredible Oscar winning performance as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl, Alicia Vikander who’s been seen in numerous films over the past year is working on her latest film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Vikander’s role is well-known in the video game series and became popular in the main stream when Angelina Jolie brought the character to life in 2001 and again in 2003 in the sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Unlike the 2001 version, this new film will feature a new background and new motivation for the young Croft. Seven years after her father disappeared, Lara has opted to work in London as a bike courier while taking college classes instead of taking over his global business empire. It is then that she becomes inspired to search for him as she starts at his last known location: a tomb located in an island off the coast of Japan.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Vikander says she was excited to take on this “truly iconic character.” She tells the magazine, “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. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! 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.”

Producer, Graham King who’s an Oscar winning producer for the movie, The Departed says that Vikander brilliantly brings the film together with her performance of Lara. “Alicia Vikander brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character, which is every bit as important as Lara Croft’s fierce strength, determination, and physicality. Our film takes Lara from her early origins, to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider”, says King.

These first-look images of Alicia Vikander  in character doesn’t look like she will disappoint her fans. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug and co-stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is set to hit theaters March 16th, 2018.

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