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ALICIA VIKANDER DISHES ON TOMB RAIDER AND STRONG WOMEN IN FILM

By: Ryan Jenkins

The Tomb Raider series has seen many iterations over the last two decades, with heroine Lara Croft seen as a female icon across multiple mediums. Movie adaptations have been made for the big screen, though next spring, we may yet gain a deeper understanding about Lara’s origin story. The popular 2013 video game Tomb Raider explored this part of Lara’s chapter, though we’ll get to glimpse more of what made her a force to be reckoned with in the next film adaptation, which is due to release early 2018.

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This version sees Lara Croft (portrayed by Alicia Vikander) as an inexperienced young woman working an ordinary day job in the busy city of London. A series of clues will lead her to embark on her first adventure; this time in search of her presumably dead father.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, lead actress Alicia Vikander remarks on the nature of her character and what we can expect from this tale, noting that ‘She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, 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”. This moderately mimics the 2013 game in which Lara is forced to overcome a series of mental and physical challenges in order to survive.
The interview continues with Vikander commenting on how her predecessor Angelina Jolie had made the character so iconic, with her intention of incorporating this in her portrayal of Lara.
In response to the question poses on what drew her to the role, Alicia stated that “I’m emotionally drawn to something that’s very different from what I’ve done before” and “I love to get embraced in all those big journeys and to do an action role has always been a child’s dream of mine”.
Vikander also went on to note how recent releases within the film industry have given rise to the perception of heroine figures, stating “I went to the cinema and saw Wonder Woman the other day. It’s a mixture of joy and sadness pouring over me, as I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I haven’t seen women onscreen like that.’ And I wondered how many stories there have there been throughout the years that haven’t been told. If Wonder Woman made such an impact, which it deserves to, then we need to use ten times as much force to make some change. Because it needs to happen.”
The film is due to release on March 16th 2018, though let’s hope that Tomb Raider can break the Hollywood curse regarding video game adaptations (cough, Assassin’s Creed, Prince of Persia, Hitman).
Are you excited to see Lara Croft on the big screen again? Do you think this film will suffer the same fate as the Assassin’s Creed movie? Tweet us your thoughts @JenChauMedia.
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