Alicia Vikander Hits Out at Female Identity in Big Films

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander insists ideas of women in big films make her “snore”. The 28-year-old actress is to portray Lara Croft in the forthcoming Tomb Raider movie – replacing Angelina Jolie – and she has assured fans the motion picture will be about “relationships and stories” in contrast to the ideas of how females should be portrayed in some mega movies.

She said: “I’ve read a lot of scripts, and ideas of women in these big films just make me f****ing – excuse my language – snore and go, ‘Come on, aren’t we past this?'”

It is known that the upcoming film will tell the story of archaeologist-adventurer Lara’s start in life, and Vikander revealed her alter-ego will live in a modest east London abode rather than in a huge mansion as she does on the popular video game series.

She said: “It’s [about] a girl living in east London. [The film will tell] the story of her becoming who we know her as.”

The brunette beauty also admitted the motion picture passes the Bechdel Test – a ratings system which asks if a work of fiction features at least two female characters who speak to each other about a subject other than a guy.

She added to The Times newspaper: “It actually passes the test.”

Vikander previously admitted she is “excited” to take on the “iconic” role.

She said: “I mean, for me, I’m so excited to do it. She was such an icon, I played the game when I was a kid, but they rebooted the game a few years ago so it is now becoming more of an origins story. So it’s quite different.”

Jolie previously brought Croft to life on the big screen in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and then again in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003.

Few details have been revealed about the forthcoming film’s plot, but the last two video games in the series – the latest being 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider – have focused on Lara at the start of her adventures.

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