First images of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’

The first stills of the upcoming Tomb Raider film have been released. While the film itself is in no way Nordic, the film stars Swedish actor Alicia Vikander, who has been described as one of the fastest rising stars in Hollywood. Also, the film is directed by the Norwegian Roar Uthaug, who gave us Norway’s first disaster movie, The Wave.

Vikander, who is known in Scandinavia for her role in A Royal Affair, stars as iconic gaming heroine Lara Croft. Croft has been recast as a hipster East London bike courier who journeys to an uncharted Chinese island in search of her missing explorer father.

Here’s the official synopsis:


“Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.

“Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.”


Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.