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12th Mar 2018

Alicia Vikander on Lara Croft, heavy grunting, and her plans to try coddle next time she’s in Ireland

Rory Cashin

‘Do I need to practice my grunts? Do I need to do them in front of the mirror?’

Last time we had a Tomb Raider movie, Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie was holding the duel pistols and solving ancient puzzles, so it stands to reason that the bar for the character has been set pretty high.

Enter Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander to pick up the mantle, but in a much more grounded and gritty approach to the character.

This time she isn’t the confident raider of tombs we’ve always known her to be, but only starting off her career as a plunderer of ancient hidden treasures, as she gets caught up in a decades-long conspiracy involving her missing father and a worldwide corporation looking to take control of long-lost and potentially world-ending trinkets.

Vikander goes all-in for the role, throwing herself into every stunt, and clearly loving every minute of the being the legend that is Lara Croft.

Relishing the more physical role than we’re used to seeing her in, and she talks about how famous the video-game version of Lara was well-known for her grunting, and how that was something she was going to have to live up to in reality.

Also, as a frequenter of Ireland, Vikander discusses the places here she loves to visit, and the places she has yet to visit (but are clearly on her bucket list), as well as a local Irish “delicacy” that reminds her a little bit of home.

Check out our full chats with the actress right below:

Tomb Raider is hitting Irish cinemas with special preview screenings from Wednesday 14 March, and will go on general release from Friday 16 March.

In case you missed it, here is the full trailer for the movie:

Clip via Warner Bros. Pictures

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