Video game movies are becoming more and more common these days, with film adaptations of Warcraft, Assassin’s Creed, Ratchet & Clank, and more all out now or on the way. Mixed among the newcomers is a familiar name, as MGM and GK Films will be rebooting the Tomb Raider movie franchise with Alicia Vikander starring as Lara Croft.
When video games make the transition to film, fans are often concerned that the people involved won’t be familiar enough with the source material to do it justice. Recently, Michael Fassbender revealed that
he had never played an Assassin’s Creed game before accepting the lead role (although he has since tried them out), but that won’t be the case with Vikander and Tomb Raider. Speaking with Total Film magazine, she revealed that she’s always been a big fan of the series, even when it wasn’t popular or even allowed.
“I kept it secret – I didn’t have many girlfriends who shared that interest, but I really loved it. I did play
Tomb Raider back then, even though my parents said I wasn’t allowed to.” — Alicia Vikander
After talking about her secret love of the franchise, she went on to discuss the physical challenges of playing an adventurer like Lara Croft — a challenge she’s excited to tackle head on.
“I danced for many years. I really enjoy the aspect of being able to work with my physicality. In one way, I can probably do that unconsciously. But in this, it’s going to be a whole other level. It’s always wonderful when you get the chance to try things out that you never thought you would be able to do, to push yourself and your boundaries.”
— Alicia Vikander
Vikander’s acting résumé includes roles in The Danish Girl, The Fifth Estate, and (a personal favorite) Ex Machina. Hopefully her love of the franchise, acting prowess, and athletic background prove to be a winning combination.