Lara Croft is back!
The iconic 1996 video game heroine first brought to life on screen by Angelina Jolie in 2001’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider, and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life will now be portrayed by Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander.
The trailer has just been released:
Vikander, the Swedish actor who won 2016 the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her role in The Danish Girl, will appear in the reboot of Tomb Raider on March 16, 2018.
She identifies as a feminist, and has publicly denounced gender inequality in film:
“I’d just made five films in a row, and [Tulip Fever] was the first one where I had a scene with another woman…There’s a change happening, and I want to be part of that. You see something like The Hunger Games or Insurgent proving that a female role can carry a successful blockbuster.” (The Guardian)
Fans of the Tomb Raider video game franchise will notice both similarities and differences between the new Lara Croft and Jolie’s version, including the iconic braided hair, the white tank top that Croft wears in the video game, and weapons, like her twin pistols.
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Contrast the new Lara Croft with Jolie’s portrayal:
And the sequel, two years later: