The highly popular game franchise has seen a resurgence in popularity recently as a result of the highly popular game releases of ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’. The games moving the franchise in a totally different direction to the one we saw Angelina Jolie star in through the early 2000’s. It is clear through the recent depictions of Lara Croft, that we are no longer just dealing with a voluptuous women in tight tops and short shorts. We are now seeing a fighter, a survivor and a warrior. The games really put this into the limelight with their very raw and savage tale of a women’s struggle to survive the harshest of man and natures most gruelling challenges.
Many hundreds auditioned for the role of this Lara Croft. The studio knowing they would need an actress who brought all the things needed to play this new vision – Tough, hard and spirted as well as having all the beautiful traits we come to expect from the iconic, globe trotting heroine.
The studio finally got their women in the form of the stunning 28 year old Swedish actress, Alicia Vikander.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new Lara:
- She is the wife of Michael Fassbender.
- She used to be a ballet dancer – Born and raised in Gothenburg, she began acting as a child in minor stage productions at The Göteborg Opera and trained as a ballet dancer at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm and the School of American Ballet in New York. Her dance career was sidelined by injuries in her late teens
- She began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden. She became well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn (2008–2010).
- At the age of 16, she almost left school to commit fully to the television series she worked on with director Tomas Alfredson, realizing her passion for acting. She auditioned for drama school but was turned down twice. At one point, Vikander was admitted to law school but she never attended, following her dreams to become an actress instead.
- She won the Rising Star Award in 2010 at the Stockholm Film Festival, the Shooting Star Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and the prestigious Guldbagge Award for Best Actress for her critically acclaimed feature film debut, playing the leading role of Katarina in the Swedish film Pure.
- She was named as one of the 10 Actors to Watch: Breakthrough Performances of 2012 at the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival and was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2013.
- She gained public recognition and worldwide exposure for her starring role as Artificial intelligence Ava in Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina, for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She might also be better known for the role in Guy Ritchie’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.LE and her recent showing in Jason Bourne.
This is an actress with a talented pedigree and a very bright future, but only time will tell if she can excel in her role as Lara Croft and continue the resurgent rise of the Tomb Raider.