Lara Croft, meet Lara Croft?
Back in April, Alicia Vikander was cast as the new Lara Croft in a planned reboot of the franchise. In 2001 and 2003, our old pal Angelina Jolie starred as Lara Croft in two films, and then she walked away from the franchise… although there was talk over the years of getting Jolie to do a third film, but no dice. So, Alicia’s in for a new Tomb Raider, one that will be based off of the rebooted video game. The question is, can Vikander carry a big action franchise AND can she meet Angelina?!
In a way, Angelina Jolie paved the way for Alicia Vikander. E! News’ Maria Menounos caught up with the 27-year-old actress Monday at the Las Vegas premiere of her new movie, Jason Bourne, and asked her how it feels to be taking over the role Jolie made famous 15 years ago.
“That is a woman I would love to meet,” Vikander said of Jolie, a fellow Oscar winner who starred in 2001′s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel, 2003′s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. “She made an icon of that character, of course.” Vikander said she is a longtime fan of Jolie’s work, both in front of and behind the camera. “She’s quite an incredible woman,” she raved of the actress, director and writer. “I would love to meet her.”
However, Vikander won’t be calling Jolie for advice as she prepares to play the video game character.
“What we’re doing is something quite different since they rebooted the game in 2013. It’s a whole new take,” she explained to Menounos. “We’re doing a film of that game.”
I think Vikander is being honest about how she would love to meet Angelina, but advice? Come on. Vikander is a great actress in her own right, and probably doesn’t want to sully her own preconception and exploration of the character with Angie interps from the past. Right?