Alicia Vikander may well be one of Hollywood's busiest actresses. She has appeared in a spate of hit films over the past four years, and she won the Academy Award for her role in The Danish Girl in 2016. Her latest role sees her taking on that of Lara Croft in the highly-anticipated series reboot of Tomb Raider. Alicia is following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie (the OG Croft, if you will) and one look at the promotional images that were released today and it's obvious she's taking the work incredibly seriously.
The Swedish actress appears in an all-khaki outfit (a slight departure from Jolie's all-black, short shorts combo from back in the day) and looks incredibly fit. The star's personal trainer, Magnus Lygdbäck (the same man responsible for Alexander Skarsgard's killer bod in The Legend Of Tarzan), spoke with Self magazine about her physical preparation for the role, and it sounds intense.
The trainer told the mag, "Seven months before filming, I started Alicia on a nutrition plan for her to gain muscle and to boost her metabolism," adding that four months before filming started he had her doing "heavy lifting five to six days a week, climbing two or three times a week and boxing and MMA four times a week." This was then cut to 30 minutes of HIIT and 45-minute gym sessions closer to the start of filming.
Of the role, the actress told Vanity Fair, "I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She's trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past... She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It's a lot of fun trying to get into Lara's head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill."
Photos leaked last month appeared to show Vikander filming her own stunts, and if her training plan is anything to go by, we're fairly certain there would be nothing stopping her from doing so.
Tom Raider will be in cinemas in March 2018.