Lara Croft just keeps attracting Best Supporting Actress Oscar winners. Not soon after winning for “Girl, Interrupted,” Angelina Jolie signed on to play the globe-trotting hero in the first film adaptation of the popular video game series. Now it’s Alicia Vikander’s turn. The actress has appeared in big budget fare like “Jason Bourne” since winning the Oscar for “The Danish Girl,” but playing Lara Croft will be her first major headliner performance.
“Tomb Raider” is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”) and is the first Lara Croft big screen adventure since “The Cradle of Life” in 2003. Vikander plays a 21-year-old Croft, who is a bike courier in London investigating her father’s disappearance from seven years ago. Her search takes her to his last know location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
Vikander recently spoke about making the role her own to Entertainment Weekly.
“She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits,” she said. “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.”
“Tomb Raider” is scheduled to hit theaters March 16, 2018. Watch the first trailer below: