‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer and Becoming Lara Croft Featurette with Alicia Vikander

Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander
Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ action film ‘Tomb Raider’ (Photo by Ilzek Kitshoff)

Warner Bros Pictures and MGM have released the first full trailer for the action adventure film, Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina). The trailer’s launch was accompanied by a nearly three-minute behind the scenes featurette focusing on Vikander discussing her approach to playing Lara Croft. In the video, Vikander recalls her introduction to the Tomb Raider video game as a kid and how she was wowed by the fact the video game had a female in the lead.

In the behind the scenes featurette, Vikander also talks about this new film as an origin story. “In the beginning, she’s a regular girl living in East London,” says Vikander. “This film is about her becoming the action hero that we know her to be.”

The Oscar-winning actress took part in wire work and fight training to prepare for the grueling action scenes. Tomb Raider‘s Daniel Wu describes Alicia Vikander as a “beast” while co-star Walton Goggins says she’s just a winning combination. And Dominic West admits he was amazed by what Vikander went through to take on the role of Lara Croft.

Roar Uthaug (The Wave) directs from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Alastair Siddons. Patrick McCormick, Denis O’Sullivan and Noah Hughes executive produce.

Tomb Raider opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.

The Plot: 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. Determined to forge her own path, 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. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

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. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. 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.