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The new film, which will show the origins of the legendary video-game character, sees Vikander take over from Angelina Jolie who played the character in the previous two films, released in 2001 and 2003 respectively. But this is a new and different Croft, showing her from her early days working an ordinary job before she embarks on a quest to find her archeologist father, played by Dominic West (The Affair).
Speaking EW, Vikander said the new Lara has all the traits you are familiar with but she has yet to find her true calling, saying:
“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 business person living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.”
The new film is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Roar Uthaug, who made the brilliant 2015 disaster movie The Wave, and Vikander said that his previous film has helped prepare her for Tomb Raider, as the film has a number of underwater sequences that saw her immersed in water for a few days on set, saying:
“Just like in The Wave, we have a lot of water sequences… I spent my last two days of shooting in a tank and that was my 16th total day being fully drenched or submerged in the water.”
The film, which also stars Walter Goggins (The Hateful Eight) and Daniel Wi (Warcraft), the film is set for release on March 16th, 2018.