In the News: Excitement heightens over Alicia Vikander’s Lara CroftJuly 14, 2017
San Diego’s annual Comic-Con event is just around the corner, and leading up to the highly-anticipated event, Entertainment Weekly has released a new photo of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the latest reboot of the video game classic, “Tomb Raider.” And let’s just say, she’s looking badass.
Lara Croft is a departure from other dramatic roles Vikander has played, like in “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina.” This version of the “Tomb Raider” story will start at the beginning, before Lara Croft was braided up with her tank top and khaki pants. Vikander describes this character as fierce, tough, curious and intelligent.
The film is set to release in March 2018, but if were the betting kind, we’d guess that the “Tomb Raider” PR machine will roll out a trailer during this year’s Comic-Con event. We’ll just have to wait in anticipation over the next couple of weeks.
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