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How Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft Can Be Successful in 2018

Move over, Angelina – the new Tomb Raider is in town. The first photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara have emerged, as far as we can see, she’s looking perfect for the role. The photo, shared by Vanity Fair, depicts Vikander as the treasure-seeking adventurer-survivalist on some kind of beach and wilderness.

Tomb Raider is going to be the franchise’s film reboot. While Angelina Jolie famously stepped in Lara Croft’s shoes in 2001 and 2003, Vikander looks like she’s about to give a different take on the iconic videogame character.

How can she be successful in 2018?

The Modern, Gritty Lara Croft

While the early videogames (and films) portrayed Lara as an already-confident, pistol wielding heroine, the 2013 videogame showed a much younger and vulnerable young woman. Marooned on an island without many resources, she’s forced to scrape by on whatever she can grab a hold of. With a bow and arrows, and just a handful of other tools, she is hardened and turns into a survivor.

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It’s an unusual image for the character. It’s one that ditches the short shorts for cargo pants, her confidence for some sense of insecurity and fear. What we get is a more humanized and relateable Lara Croft, one whose struggles are at the forefront.

This is the kind of Lara Croft that Alicia Vikander must emulate. Yes, watching Angelina flip around and unload magazine after magazine on giant stone monsters was fun. But Hollywood today demands more tension and danger out of their heroes’ adventures. This is how the superhero and action film genre has evolved – replacing perfect kick-ass characters, with imperfect ones who bleed. But that’s why we root for them.

Starting Out

Fortunately, this seems to be the kind of Lara Croft that we’re getting. As shared by IGN,

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class… She refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.

… Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.”

Alicia Vikander herself seems to have enjoyed the challenge of the role. “It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head,” she said. “The challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.

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