Since 2003, video game and movie fans alike have been waiting for Lara Croft to return to the big screen — and finally, she is back. Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander is donning the bow and arrow as the beloved video game heroine Lara Croft in Warner Bros.'s Tomb Raider, and by the looks of the first trailer, the studio made a perfect casting choice.
A new featurette from Warner Bros., "Becoming Lara Croft," proves why Vikander was basically destined to play the character. Check it out:
Alicia Vikander Will Be The Definitive Lara Croft
Angelina Jolie's run as Lara Croft captivated many fans in the early 2000s and captured the adventurous vibe that made those early Tomb Raider games fun and memorable. But when Square Enix rebooted the video game franchise in 2013, Lara was reimagined as a gritty, more kickass archaeological adventurer.
This version has become the definitive version of Lara, and is clearly influencing Vikander's interpretation. She's had firsthand experience with the video games, and as she says in the above behind-the-scenes video, "I've been dreaming since I was a kid to be part of a big action adventure. To push myself, and in this film I really get to do that."
This is a character Vikander has been wanting to play for a very long time, so it's no surprise why the Tomb Raider cast and crew are absolutely in love with her performance and dedication to the role:
Daniel Wu: When it comes to the action, Alicia is a beast... She's taken the bull by the horns.
Walton Goggins: You have to see her in this movie, man. She is just a winning combination... She made me embarrassed to take my shirt off and I go to the gym five days a week.
There really couldn't have been a more perfect actress to play Lara Croft, and fans can't wait until Tomb Raider hits theaters March 16, 2018.