EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Vikander Opens Up About Stepping Into 'Icon' Angelina Jolie's Boots for 'Tomb Raider' Reboot
Alicia Vikander has played a humanoid robot in Ex Machina, a “little chop-shop girl” in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and, most recently, a high-powered CIA hacker in Jason Bourne, out Friday, July 29. But for one of her next roles, she’s stepping into some big shoes. Boots, really.
The 27-year-old Swedish actress will be taking on the role of Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film, stepping into the role made famous first in a mega-popular video game, then embodied by Angelina Jolie in two feature films: 2001’s Tomb Raider and 2003’s The Cradle of Life.
“For me, it was like Angelina is definitely the icon of Lara Croft,” Vikander told ET’s Kevin Frazier at the Jason Bourne junket on Monday.
Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix rebooted the Tomb Raider video game for PC and consoles in 2013, telling what Vikander describes as “more of an origin story” of the archaeology student turned adventurer, and the actress said she’s excited to work with The Wave director Roar Uthaug on the Lara Croft reboot.
“We, of course, are going to push and make something new and different,” Vikander assured fans, adding that she’s already started training for the intense role.
This won’t be the first time the Oscar-winning actress has (more or less) stepped into a well-known role. Vikander was quite literally the Belle of the ball at this year’s Academy Awards when her gorgeous gown gave us all serious Beauty and the Beast vibes. And she agreed!
“I think if you would’ve asked 5-year-old Alicia what her biggest dream was, it was probably to be Belle in Beauty and the Beast,” Vikander told ET after the awards show in February. See more on her stunning look in the video below.