"Tomb Raider" First Look

Alicia Vikander Stars as Lara Croft
Tue March 28, 2017 at 12:15 PM PDT

At 28 years old Alicia Vikander already has a career that would make many actors twice her age weep with jealousy. Among many of her screen credits, she's played a secret agent alongside Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., won an Oscar for her portrayal as artist Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl and starred as the sentient robot Ava in Ex Machina. Now she's outfitting herself in the famous tank top and cargo pants of the videogame world's most notorious archeologist Lara Croft in the 2018 release of Tomb Raider

Warner Bros. Pictures has released three images of Vikander in the role of Lara along with an official synopsis to the film. It has now been revealed that the movie will delve into Lara's origin story as a struggling young woman in London working as a bike courier who lost her father to mysterious circumstances seven years earlier. The need to solve the puzzle of her father's death serves as the impetus for Lara traveling somewhere off the coast of Japan where she faces treacherous circumstances and begins the journey that earns her the name of tomb raider. 

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider
Photo by Graham Bortholomew

 

ALICIA VIKANDER as Lara Croft standing in a forest
Photo by Graham Bortholomew

 

ALICIA VIKANDER as Lara Croft  standing on rocks in dust
Photo by Ilzek Kitshoff

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Vikander shared her excitement about portraying the well-known character by saying:

I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! 

Tomb Raider comes to theaters March 16, 2018.