Alicia Vikander will be picking up a bow and arrow to play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot next year, but she’s very aware that she’s not the first actress to take on the role of the iconic video game character.
Talking to our sister publication Total Film magazine, Vikander talked about Angelina Jolie’s version and how her Lara Croft will differ. “[Angelina] made that an iconic role,” says Vikander. “I knew we wouldn’t be able to redo that, and that’s not what we’re trying to do either. We go back to the beginning, and tell the origin story.”
At the beginning of the 2018 movie, Lara’s backstory has dispensed with the privilege and butlers, and she now works for a bicycle courier company and lives in a communal space while she figures out what she wants to do with her life. It certainly marks a change of pace from the 2001 movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and its risible 2003 sequel, The Cradle of Life. “What I like is that there will be a lot of young people, a lot of girls, who feel like they can relate to her,” Vikander continues. “She’s trying to figure out her path in life, who she is, and what her history is.” Director Roar Uthaug adds that his main goal was “to make the audience care about Lara Croft and invest in her as a real character.”
As Bulgari ambassador Alicia Vikander attended the opening of the “fifth jewel” in the brand’s luxury hotel offering this week – a Dubai resort on its own island incorporating residences, mansions and a yacht marina – we caught up with the Oscar-winning actress to get a 360 view on her beauty, style and dream role.
On her flawless skin
“For events I do use make-up but normally I don’t. I might use a bit of eyebrow pencil and a lipstick but nothing else. I think it’s one of the things I’ve been very lucky with. Because I don’t use much make-up I do find it fun to try things. I have my little skincare routine – I do masks and a peel two or three times a week.”
On no-make-up make-up
“At the beginning, I guess because I don’t use make-up normally, it was very difficult and you need to work with someone who understands how to use make-up so that it still feels like it’s you. And for a lot of press events it’s like non make-up make-up so that I don’t look like I’m wearing it but I also don’t look like a ghost!”
On packing light
“I’m getting more and more sparse with clothes. I’m actually pretty good at travelling light now. I still have three bags but it’s because I like to have things divided and know where things are. So I have one for shoes and then clothes it’s like two pairs of jeans, two T-shirts, two dresses, all in black – very Scandinavian and Swedish! It’s just easy.”
On her dream role (and Egyptian mythology)
“All the parts I’ve enjoyed playing the most I didn’t know about until they appeared, or it was something I read and fell in love with. I was so excited at the Abu Dhabi Louvre because as a kid I was obsessed with Egyptian mythology and I saw the statue of Ramesses II. I read Ramesses books when I was like 10, I loved it. Cleopatra is one of the historical characters that I find very interesting and read about her a lot… so maybe her.”
“Jewellery is a way of making a very simple outfit something you can wear to go out. You gather throughout the years things that even if they aren’t valuable they mean something to you and have a story behind them, which makes my outfits maybe a bit more personal, when normally I keep things pretty simple.”
On working with a stylist
“I now work with Victoria [Sekrier] who is incredible and we were really just friends first. I was at a dinner with the girlfriend that introduced us to one another a few years back and I had done all my styling until then, and I actually had good relationships with brands because I used to do the weird thing of calling up the fashion houses and saying, “Oh I’m going to this event and I need a dress” and they were like, “That’s not how we normally do this” but then they were very kind! Maybe because of the personal connection. That was the year before the Oscars and I had a lot of films coming out and it was just too much to find something for all of them. Victoria knows me very well and then I get to do the final pick.”
On downtime dressing
“It’s just black really, black trousers and I love knits. That’s something I’m obsessed with. I’m moving house and I actually don’t have that much stuff. I give a lot to charity when it comes to clothes. But knits I tend to keep, I hoard them!”
Swedish star actress will receive the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award at the 41st Göteborg Film Festival where her film Euphoria will screen in competition.
Lisa Langseth’s film in which Alicia Vikander stars alongside Eva Green, will have its Scandinavian launch in Vikander’s native city, ahead of the film’s national release in Sweden on February 2, 2018, via SF Studios.
The feature drama about two sisters aiming for reconciliation at the edge of existence, is produced by Sweden’s B-Reel, in co-production with the Oscar-winning actress’ UK-based Vikarious Productions and Germany’s Dancing Camels, with support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond among others. This is the third collaboration between Langseth and Vikander after Pure (2010) and Hotell (2013).
Vikander said: “I’m very honoured to be chosen by the festival and to receive this award at the same time as Euphoria is finally being shown to Swedish audiences. It has been such a privilege to work with Lisa again. Lisa tells the stories that no one else dares to address, but that touch on something genuine and intimate about issues we can all relate to. Euphoria is especially important to me as it is my first time as coproducer. It has a distinctly female voice, and it is full of female talent on both sides of the camera.”
Langseth who makes her English-language feature debut added: “Euphoria brings up issues we are all faced with at some point during our lives that force us to confront ourselves and our choices, and to question who is responsible for our happiness, inner harmony and for how we relate to those we love. Alicia’s performance is amazing and it has been incredibly fun and enriching to work with her again. The sisters portrayed by Alicia and Eva struggle to agree on a mutual picture of how their lives have played out so far. The result is a mix of their own psychological explorations and of the absurd.”
Euphoria had its world premiere at the Toronto Internal Film Festival and European premiere in Zurich late September. Vikander’s next major Hollywood film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider directed by Norway’s Roar Uthaug will be launched worldwide on March 6, 2018.
The 41st Göteborg International Film Festival runs January 26-February 5, 2018.
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ARMIE HAMMER AND ALICIA VIKANDER
While Alicia Vikander may have just wed her The Light Between Oceans costar Michael Fassbender, she and Armie Hammer are on-screen soulmates. The actors will team up again in Freakshift as misfit cops, and previously starred in the 2015 international spy flick, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.