Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander on her new take on ‘Tomb Raider’

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Totally. I definitely have to ask you something that I’m very curious to see, is this new version of Tomb Raider. It’s a big movie. So for you, were you a little bit nervous to sign onto something like that or were you sort of relishing the chance to be the lead in one of these Hollywood blockbusters?

VIKANDER: 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. And 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.

Listen, I’m all in favor for more films with strong female protagonists, and so I’m all in on this. How might this version be different than the Angelina Jolie movies?

VIKANDER: I hadn’t played the new rebooted game when I met – and now I have and now 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.

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