Alicia Vikander Talks About Tomb Raider's Lack Of Women

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If you've seen one of the trailers for Tomb Raider, you likely already know that the movie's lead, Alicia Vikander looks like a total badass in the new movie. While female-driven, however, there will actually be fewer females than dudes in Tomb Raider, a fact which was pointed out to Vikander during a recent appearance on the BBC program The One Show. Host Alex Jones mentioned she was "slightly disappointed" that Vikander was the lead and then there were only two other small roles for ladies in the flick. The actress responded to the interviewer bringing up the lack of women in the movie, saying,

I got to work with Kristin Scott Thomas and she is an extraordinary actress, but me too, yeah, I agree. I was on the island and I was thinking, 'there are not enough women.' I was running around looking for them!

Although Alicia Vikander put on 12 pounds of muscle and trained like a boss for months to play the iconic character, and ended up looking like a total badass, it seems some people are concerned that the script writers only really put two other ladies in the movie in smaller roles, with Hannah John-Kamen playing Sophie and Kristin Scott Thomas signed on playing Ana Miller. Emily Carey also has a minor part playing Young Lara at age 14. For much of the rest of the movie, Vikander's Lara Croft will be on her own, or dealing with males of the species.

Granted, one of the men in Tomb Raider is none other than Walton Goggins, and I'm never going to complain about him popping up, whether that be in movies, TV, or random Drive-By Truckers shows I've attended. Still, from what Alicia Vikander told The One Show (via Metro), perhaps the movie could have substituted Goggins, or Daniel Wu or Nick Frost, etc for one more lady. (Although probably not Dominic West, considering he plays Lord Richard Croft and the whole premise of the movie has Lara Croft looking into her father and his life's work.)

It should be noted that for a big budget movie, Tomb Raider's cast is on the smaller side. The movie itself will follow Lara Croft as she decides to figure out what happened with her father's death. This will lead her to search for a "fabled tomb on a mythical island," an island where a good chunk of the plot should unfold. If you haven't looked into the upcoming movie yet, you can check out the trailer, below.

Tomb Raider hits theater soon, on March 16. If you'd like to take a look at what we know about the movie so far, you can check out our full guide.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

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