New Lara Croft Actress Alicia Vikander Loved Playing Tomb Raider

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Actress Alicia Vikander will be embodying the role of Tomb Raider Lara Croft in the forthcoming reboot of the film franchise, and while she is physically prepared for the role, she's also prepared as a fan.

That's because when she was younger she made a habit of playing the original games against her parent's wishes. In an interview with Total Film (via GameRant), the actress said: "I kept it secret – I didn't have many girlfriends who shared that interest, but I really loved it. I did play Tomb Raider back then, even though my parents said I wasn't allowed to."

While Vikander didn't say which Tomb Raider games she like best, she did talk about her past as a dancer, and how that has helped with the training for the film.

"I danced for many years. I really enjoy the aspect of being able to work with my physicality. In one way, I can probably do that unconsciously. But in this, it's going to be a whole other level. It's always wonderful when you get the chance to try things out that you never thought you would be able to do, to push yourself and your boundaries."


The original Tomb Raider films were headlined by Angelina Jolie, with the last one being The Cradle of Life back in 2003. The franchise went through a bit of a renaissance when Crystal Dynamics took over the games and hit even greater success with the recently rebooted Tomb Raider and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider. The film reboot will adapt the story from the latest entries of the franchise.