Slated to open in theaters next Friday (March 16), director Roar Uthaug's new live-action Tomb Raider film features Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the role of everyone's favorite female British badass archaeologist, Lara Croft.
Based on developer Crystal Dynamics' 2013 rebooted game (which was published by Square Enix), the movie will take us back to Lara's early beginnings where she'll engage in an epic struggle for survival on an island off the coast of Japan called Yamatai. The action-adventure film also stars Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi and Hannah John-Kamen.
From what we've seen from the trailers, TV spots and other promo materials released so far, it looks like the movie will stick pretty close to the rebooted game. And since said game was pretty awesome to begin with, we're definitely looking forward to this one and crossing our fingers we'll be getting a solid video game adaptation.
Vikander recently sat down for an interview with SYFY WIRE's Migdalia Melendez, where the Ex Machina star responded to all those naysayers who felt she was too "skinny" to portray Lara Croft. She also talked about putting in some prep time ahead of playing the character by training hard and getting some abs of steel, as well as playing the Tomb Raider games.
"I grew up playing the game and loved to see a female protagonist in a video game," Vikander told us. "I hadn't seen that before, and Angelina made her into an icon and that was probably the first time, too, I saw a female action hero like that on screen. But then, you know, I hadn't played that many video games in the last 15 years — I did in my teens. But when I was approached by this I was told that it was going to be based on the 2013 reboot games. I had read about this scene, so I went back and did my research and I did play the games… because I really wanted to follow the story."
Check out our exclusive interview for more, including which three female characters in movie history Vikander thinks Lara would like to go on an adventure with and whether she had a certain song or playlist to inspire her before filming an action scene.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.