VANITY FAIR – Alicia Vikander had a major breakout year in 2015, playing both a mysterious (and eventually vengeful) robot in Ex Machina as well as a devoted wife and artist in The Danish Girl. It was the latter role that won her the Oscar and could have minted an entire career in thoughtful period dramas. Instead, for her follow-up, Vikander is going the action-heroine route, donning the iconic tank top and cargo pants of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
In these first-look images, see Vikander take on the role made famous first in the video-game series and then in the two films starring Angelina Jolie. But this version of Lara comes with a new backstory, and a new motivation for her adventures: seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
As the official plot description puts it, “Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character,“ Vikander told Vanity Fair via e-mail. “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! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”
Producer Graham King, who won an Oscar as producer of The Departed, adds: “Alicia Vikander brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character, which is every bit as important as Lara Croft’s fierce strength, determination, and physicality. Our film takes Lara from her early origins, to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s a complex character, requiring a range of elements and Alicia brings all of that together brilliantly in her portrayal.”
Tomb Raider, directed by Roar Uthaug and co-starring Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu, comes to theaters on March 16, 2018.
Hello Alicia fans! I have finally added blu-ray screen captures of Alicia as Isabel Sherbourne in “The Light Between Oceans” to our gallery. What a beautiful, heart-breaking film that is! If you haven’t seen it already, make sure you do – Alicia’s performance is mesmerizing. I hope you will enjoy the screen captures – there’s a lot of them!
As a 2016 Oscar winner, Alicia obviously attended this year’s 89th Academy Awards held yesterday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It’s the tradition – she presented the Best Supporting Actor award, which went to Mahershala Ali for his work in Moonlight. She looked ravishing in a custom Louis Vuitton embroidered lace dress! High-quality pictures of the event, as well of her arrival at the Vanity Fair after party, have been added to our gallery.
I’ve updated our gallery with high-quality pictures of Alicia attending Bvlgari Pre-Oscar Dinner at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Saturday evening (February 25) ahead of tonight’s Academy Awards. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates!
INDIEWIRE – The Weinstein Company has delayed the release date of “Tulip Fever” — again. The period drama starring Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz had previously moved from July 15, 2016 to February 24, 2017. The company confirmed Monday that the movie will now be released later in the year, but declined to comment further or specify when in the year the film might hit theaters.
Adapted from Deborah Moggach’s novel of the same name, “Tulip Fever” stars Vikander as a young woman who falls in love with an artist (Dane DeHaan) who has been commissioned to paint her portrait. Zach Galifianakis, Judi Dench, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger, Cara Delevingne and Tom Hollander all co-star in the film, which takes place in the 17th-century.
The film’s release date in other territories — including the UK, where the film was shot — remains unknown.
TWC has a history with these kind of recurring delays. Most recently, the company also moved the release date back twice for “The Founder,” the Michael Keaton-starring McDonald’s origin story. The film was previously scheduled to open on November 25, 2015 and later August 5, 2016, before finally hitting theaters last month.
The second delayed release date for “Tulip Fever” shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, given the lack of promotion surrounding the film’s opening. TWC’s official Twitter account for the movie tweeted just three times, all of which took place last April.
TWC has apparently held test screenings for the film, according to participants of the online forum Awards Watch who have shared their thoughts on the movie. The entries on the forum, which vary from strong support to strong dislike for the movie, date from November of 2014 to June of 2015.
The decision to push “Tulip Fever” comes after a tough year for virtually all independent distributors in the theatrical marketplace, including TWC. The company saw its 2016 films generate around $15 million in combined U.S. box office grosses. Its total from 2016, including grosses from prior years, was $64 million. From 2010 to 2015, the company topped $200 million every year at the domestic box office.
Thanks to my friend Neide (www.misslilycollins.com), our gallery has been updated with outtakes from last year’s photoshoot of Alicia for Harper’s Bazaar UK.
2016 has come to an end, and while one can say it’s not been the best year in so many ways (we’ve had to say good bye to so many legendary actors, actresses and musicians for starters), it has most definitely been an amazing year for our girl! She’s been busy pretty much from the start of the year, until the recent wrapping of the The Light Between Oceans promotion tour. Since the year has now ended, we found it fitting to do a review of Alicia’s year that has gone by – taking a look at her projects, events, photoshoots, interviews and more! With this being Alicia’s busiest year to date, it’s going to be a long summary, but we hope you’ll have as much fun reading about our girl’s year as we have had writing it.
Our girl kicked off the year by attending the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala, which was held on January 2 in Palm Springs, California. Alicia graced the red carpet in a playful pink dress designed by Erdem. It only took two days before she picked up her first award of the year – as she received the Rising Star award from the hands of her Danish Girl co-star, Amber Heard, at the event.
A few days later, it was revealed that Alicia had made it to W Magazine’s “Best Hollywood Actors of 2015” list, as the unveiled their cover stars in early January. She did a stunning photoshoot by Peter Lindbergh, looking fierce in a bold top. On January 7, she attended the W Magazine’s ‘Best Performances’ Celebration, which was held in Los Angeles. She continued by attending the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea and the 40th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, both on January 9.
This year’s Pirelli calendar was unveiled last week, revealing gorgeous new shots of Alicia. The 2017 calendar is all about natural beauty, featuring stunning actresses such as Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moor, Uma Thurman and more. The calendar was shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh, who previously shot it in 1996 and 2002. Head over to our gallery to discover the two beautiful shots of Alicia: