Vikander Talks The Challenge Of “Tomb Raider”

When she’s not busy doing prestige films like “The Danish Girl” or this week’s “The Light Between Oceans,” actress Alicia Vikander is happy to dip her toes in major studio filmmaking as she did in “Jason Bourne” last month.

One of her most high-profile roles though has yet to be filmed – the “Tomb Raider” reboot. Stepping into a role previously inhabited on screen by Angelina Jolie, the new film will also follow the much darker and more grounded tone of the rebooted game series which recently had its second outing in “Rise of the Tomb Raider” and is said to be at work on a third.

Vikander is out doing press rounds for ‘Oceans’ and was asked by Collider if she was nervous taking on the iconic role of Lara Croft and being the lead in a major Hollywood blockbuster. She says:

“I think it’s – you know, with these big films – you just want to just – for me it’s really all about the filmmaker, and then of course the character and the story. I find that – big blockbuster movies, I grew up with, and some of them I love, and I think the thrill of being part of making one myself would be extraordinary.

But it also comes down to, I met Roar [Uthaug] and I’d seen The Wave and a few of his other Norwegian films and it’s with the kind of chance to make this story now, based on the rebooted game which is more of an origin story. You could intervene hopefully a great story and a great arc and then within that, have a very entertaining adventure film, which I loved those growing up.

I played the game when I was a kid [laughs]. Anyways, it was a really the real first protagonist I had seen in a video game at that point. And of course Angelina Jolie made her into an icon. So it’s cool to try to step into the shoes and we’re hoping to make something that will hopefully will be fresh and new.

I hadn’t played the new rebooted game and now I have and it’s quite different. The kind of rebooted the game and it visually looks quite different and it’s like I said, it’s more of an origin story. You’re following this girl who, on her way to becoming what we all know her for, Tomb Raider, Lara Croft.”

Vikander just finished work on a Wim Wenders film and is slated to get to work on “Euphoria” alongside Eva Green in coming months. “Tomb Raider” will then begin filming around year’s end.