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Alicia Vikander

Oscar winner Alicia Vikander talks about stepping into Lara Croft’s boots, why Angelina Jolie is an inspiration, coping with her rocketing career, and what she thinks of Hollywood’s ‘sexual evolution

“Diversity is key to telling stories, and where is diversity without women?”


When Alicia Vikander began her undertaking to gain four kilograms of pure muscle to play the legendary Lara Croft, good friend and fellow Swede, Alexander Skarsgard, was her ‘gymspiration’. ‘I told my trainer I wanted to look like Alexander in Tarzan’, she laughs. ‘Alexander was my end goal.’

There is no doubt that the actress achieved her target: she and Michael Fassbender, whom Vikander met while filming 2016’s romantic drama The Light Between Oceans, were sporting not only wedding rings but matching six-packs after their low-key marriage in Ibiza late last year – but will physical parity be enough to satisfy fans of the cult video-game franchise Tomb Raider, many of whom are resolutely loyal to her predecessor, Angelina Jolie? Vikander seems optimistic – but is keen to distance this latest version from the Jolie vehicle, claiming Lara Croft’s ‘origin story’ is an untapped chapter in the character’s life, and will set the new film on a different plane from its forerunners.

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