NEW TOMB RAIDER AN ORI­GIN STORY FOR CROFT

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Tomb Raider fans re­joice! Ali­cia Vikan­der says you should have a movie trailer to look at in about two weeks.

Vikan­der, 28, the star of the up­com­ing Tomb Raider re­boot, was in Toronto at TIFF this week to pro­mote two in­tense new movies.

She stars in Wim Wen­ders’ Sub­mer­gence, op­po­site James McAvoy, and she stars with Eva Green and Charlotte Ram­pling in the heart-break­ing Eupho­ria, the first English lan­guage film from Swedish di­rec­tor Lisa Langseth.

Langseth kick-started Vikan­der’s ca­reer with Pure (2009), the ac­tress’ film de­but. They also made Ho­tel to­gether.

In Eupho­ria, Vikan­der and Green play es­tranged sis­ters who re­unite to go on a spe­cial re­treat. There’s a lot of un­fin­ished busi­ness be­tween the two women, and not much time to talk about it; the story con­cerns life, death and fam­ily, and it packs a punch.

As for Tomb Raider, Vikan­der says she’s un­der­gone in­tense train­ing to take on the ac­tion role, which, ob­vi­ously, has to be dif­fer­ent from the An­gelina Jolie ver­sion. “I thought it was a shot to tell a story about a young girl find­ing her foot­ing in the world. I hope it will be re­lat­able to young women and I hope par­ents will want their kids to see it,” says Vikan­der.

Her char­ac­ter is 21 and with­out any real goals in life; then she de­cides to find out what hap­pened to her fa­ther, an ad­ven­turer who has been miss­ing and pre­sumed dead for years.

“It’s about be­ing young, and not re­ally know­ing what kind of life is go­ing to be in front of you. And you’ve been thrown ques­tions about what you want to do, what you should do, and it’s not an easy thing for a teenager to fig­ure that out. There’s a lot of pres­sure.”

Adds Vikan­der, “It’s a com­ing of age story with a known ac­tion char­ac­ter, and hope­fully we’ll see some new as­pects of her that we haven’t seen be­fore.”

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