Tomb Raider Demanded A Sigourney Weaver-Like Transformation From Its Star

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16.

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Throughout the history of film, female heroes have proven to be some of the most fierce icons of the action genre. With the upcoming release of Tomb Raider, based on the 2013 reboot of the video game franchise, Alicia Vikander hopes to add one more hero to that list as Lara Croft.

Unlike the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie, which was based on the first video game, this new movie is looking back at Lara Croft's origin and the role they played in the adventurer she becomes. As Vikander explains, while speaking at Tomb Raider's press junket, it's the best way to introduce the world to her Lara.

"If you have the origin story, then that's a way for us to get to know our character, to feel for them, to relate to them on a more human level," she says. "I thought it was wonderful that I could play a young woman who's still trying to find her footing in the world..."

Just as important to Vikander, though, was showing audiences that anyone could be a hero--not just those with superpowers. "What I loved was that when I met [director] Roar [Uthaug] and Graham [King] and the producers, the fact that we wanted the actions sequences that were going to be a big part of this film kind of be set in a reality," she says. "Would you buy that this young girl could beat this bigger, stronger man? We then, storywise, integrated that she's a physical being--[she] trains in MMA and is a bicycle courier. I wanted her to be a strong girl."

Of course, to portray it, Vikander had to become that physical being herself. According to King, Vikander trained hard in the gym every single day throughout production to keep herself in peak physical condition. It's a transformation he likens to another iconic big-screen heroine. "I would actually put her performance along Sigourney [Weaver] when she did Aliens," he says.

Speaking to GameSpot, he elaborates. "She committed in a huge way. She was excited from an early stage. She has a lot of ideas, which I love. Actors should have a lot of ideas," King says. "She was so committed in the transformation of her physically and mentally. She's in every scene in the movie, I think, apart from maybe one or two. She worked her butt off every single day in the most extreme heat in Africa."

Whether the work Vikander and the movie's creative team put into bringing Lara Croft to life was worth it is something audiences will have to decide. Luckily they won't have to wait long. Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16.

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It's a curse people. Movies based on Successful Video Games almost NEVER ever turn out well. And I sense that this one will be no different. I'd be shocked if this turns out to be good.

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@EricShadow366: Then I'll go see it. ...if it's good.

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I'm gonna watch this & imagine it's a sequel to Ex Machina.

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She wouldn't have been my first choice for Lara Croft, but one's gotta admire such dedication to a role that probably isn't gonna win her any serious awards (video game adaptations are still cursed to be mediocre most of the time). Kudos to Alicia for putting up with such demanding physicality.

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Looks boring, kinda like the reboot games. Give me old Lara anytime over this.

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I enjoyed the origin story in the reboots of Tomb Raider, hope they get it right in the movie.

I also like strong female characters, I just hope they don't turn it into a feminism issue instead of being just a badass chick doing badass things.


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@mrbojangles25: This is 2018 someone will always try to turn it into a feminism issue these days. If Alien didn't exist and released today it would get feminist praise.

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@gamingdevil800: oh I don't know about that. Annihilation is getting good reviews and it has an all female (relatively) cast, and I have not heard anything about it being a feminism thing.

The Ghostbusters reboot was knocked because it was crap, but then people were like "oh girls can't do it right".

Seems like if you are a film with all women and it is a good film, then it is just good; if you are a bad film and it is with all women, then it's because of women.

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Do we get to see her tumble and fall a million times like the game? Lara heals like the wolverine

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Oh goody, we get to watch a movie adaptation of a game I already played whereby the once bad-ass Lara now gets to the the universe's chew toy as every bad thing that could happen to her does and we're meant to believe she's strong simply because she doesn't die due to things that are out of her hands.

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Well, I for one am grateful that we are getting a more realistic portrayal of Lara, with less emphasis on her being a sex symbol. This role depicts last two Tomb Raider raider games best. Off course me being more mature than when I played the original TR games has heavily influenced my perspective...

That being said, I think this movie will be a success.

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@Peter_Eater: lol you said realistic.

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Great choice for Lara Croft. I will definitely make it to the theaters to see this one.

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@Legend_of_Link: She would've been the perfect Laura, shame they casted her for Lara.

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@asnakeneverdies: Honest mistake nerd

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@asnakeneverdies: Damn Laura Croft. nobody is good enough for her

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@LVT_PTA_PB: And these are the threads that make me keep coming back to the comment section. Made me literally lol. "Laura" lmao

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@superwhat666: Kinda pisses me off when I hear people pronounce her name as "Laura" lol... like they've been ignoring the in game pronunciation.

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Alicia Vikander is ten times more sexy than horseface

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@knolddasker: Dare I ask who "horseface" is? Regardless, I already agree with you--already seen her in Ex Machina, and don't care that she was playing a "skinned-over" super android. Bottom line though, Alicia Vikander is sexy.

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@superwhat666: Angelina Jolie.

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I wonder if there will be ONE comment section on this film where someone doesn't insult the actresses looks.....

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@graffitiheart:Why are you looking for that? You're always going to be let down if you go looking for something you don't want.

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@graffitiheart: She's hawt, just in a more granola way. I completely dig her crunchiness.

Any chick who still looks good without needing a shotgun blast of crayola to the face is aces in my book.

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@aross2004: I see we're talking "English" English. *wink wink*
If you've never seen Goldmember, then I'll just say love the vocab. Definitely easier to understand than the dialogue between Austin Powers and his father, Nigel. Lol.