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Actress Alicia Vikander Recalls Her First Introduction To Tomb Raider Video Game As A Child

Still of Alicia Vikander from Tomb Raider/ Warner Bros.

Actress Alicia Vikander Recalls Her First Introduction To Tomb Raider Video Game As A Child

Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander will soon be seen portraying the role of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot film, which is based on the popular video game series of the same name. Vikander is replacing Angelina Jolie, who played Lara Croft in the last two Tomb Raider films.

Vikander recently revealed that it was her mother who introduced her to the world of theatre and film. While she loves independent and arthouse cinema, she is also attracted towards the big adventure films.

So, with Tomb Raider, I had the chance to work on something that’s very different from my previous work, but which has long been close to my heart: a big action and adventure film,” Vikander said.

Talking about the role, the actress said, “Along with that came the opportunity to explore my physical side in a film. I come from a dancing background, so when I learned that playing Lara would involve three or four months to get in shape — well, that kind of preparation and the chance to create a new physique are gifts. I found the training and muscle-building to be empowering.”

The 29-year-old Swedish actress appeared on The Graham Norton Show recently where she recalled that looking at a female protagonist in a video game during her childhood left her feeling empowered.

I also grew up in a time when there were none of my girlfriends who played video games,” Vikander said. “I was kind of ashamed for doing it.”

She was introduced to Tomb Raider at a friend’s house at the age of 10. The actress was fascinated to see a female protagonist in a video game for the first time. While she was scared to play the whole game, she mostly spent time doing the tricks and learning her moves in that manner.

The Danish Girl actress also hilariously confessed during the show that her breasts are not as pointy as the first Lara, Angelina Jolie. You can watch the interview below.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West, Nick Frost, and Daniel Yu. The film will land in theatres on March 16, 2018. Earlier last month, Warner Bros. also released a couple of hi-res production photos from the movie.

Source: The Graham Norton Show

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