Alicia Vikander‘s next role is a world away from her Oscar-winning turn in The Danish Girl — and new photos released today (March 28) have given us our first look at her in character.
And it’s not just any character, either. Alicia will pick up where Angelina Jolie left off, playing iconic adventurer Lara Croft in a cinematic reboot of the Tomb Raider video game franchise.
Angelina made her name in the original 2001 action adventure, sporting Lara’s distinctive tank top and barely-there shorts. Alicia’s take on the pixelated protagonist, on the other hand, is a little more, well, shall we say, clothed:
This new version of Lara not only comes with full-leg pants, but a whole new backstory too. Seven years after the disappearance of her archaeologist father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes.
Now, granted: that doesn’t make for much of a story, so eventually Lara is inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
Whether she’ll encounter the character of Alex West, as played originally by Daniel Craig, is not clear, though we do know The Wire‘s Dominic West will play her father Lord Richard Croft — a role played by Angelina’s real-life father Jon Voight in the original movie.
Alicia, though, is excited, having beaten off a number of other contenders for the part, namely Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley.
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited — Lara Croft is a truly iconic character,” she told Vanity Fair. “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women.
“She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits — tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously.”
You can say that again, Alicia. The new Tomb Raider comes to theaters on March 16, 2018.
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