Blast from the past

The very best of Alicia Vikander


You know this lady I presume. Yup I’m talking about Alicia Wikander. An Academy award winner, talented, gorgeous, with even more gorgeous husband, and from this week on, officially your latest Lara Croft.

Yes, that’s right she’s the star of the latest film reboot of the cult video game Tomb Raider, and from what I hear she was actually a fan of the game while growing up. She steps in the shoes of another fellow Oscar winner, Angelina Jolie and it’s one of the most the most and beloved characters. no less.

But Alicia (aka our Lara) actually started her acting career in her native Sweden. She was part of some Swedish TV shows like En decemberdröm and Second Avenue and she had her screen debut in 2010 with Pure.

A Royal Affair put her on the map, but 2015’s Ex Machina got her all the attention and the roles she needed. Ex Machina proved to be a jumping point in her career and propelled her in to the A list celebrity bracket. That movie also got her an Golden Globe nomination, but The Danish Girl got her her Oscar for best Supporting actress.

Since then she starred in a variety of projects. Action spy thrillers like Jason Bourne and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and period peace dramas like Tulip Fever and The Light Between Oceans.

You can expect my review for Tomb Rider by the end of this week, but until then let’s look back at Alicia Vikander’s finest movies leading up to Tomb Raider.

A Royal Affair (2012)

Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard…
Fun fact about the movie: Swedish actress Alicia Vikander had to learn Danish. Vikander spent two months in Copenhagen in Denmark learning Danish prior to principal photography.

Son of a Gun (2014)

Director: Julius Avery
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander…
Fun fact about the movie: Based on real life bank robber Brenden Abbott, AKA “The Post Card Bandit” & his apprentice Brendan Berichon.

Ex Machina (2014)

Director: Alex Garland
Stars: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac…
Fun fact about the movie: In a 2016 interview, Alicia Vikander named this as her favorite film she’s been part of to date.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

Director: Guy Ritchie
Stars: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander…
Fun fact about the movie: Gemma Arterton, Alice Eve, Mia Wasikowska, Emilia Clarke, Felicity Jones, Teresa Palmer and Sarah Gadon all auditioned for the role of Gaby Teller which in the end was cast with.

The Danish Girl (2015)

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard…
Fun fact about the movie: Alicia Vikander’s Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, instead of Best Actress in a Leading Role, was seen by many as a critical category fraud, as she has 59 minutes and 37 seconds of screen time, or 49.9% of the movie’s length, this amount of screentime qualifies her for a Best Actress Oscar. Distributor Focus Features decided to campaign for Vikander as supporting actress because they thought it would increase her chances of winning, as she would have been competing against Brie Larson for her role in Room (2015) decreasing her chances of winning the award. Vikander has refused to comment on the debate.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)

Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander, Rachel Weisz…
Fun fact about the movie: Alicia Vikander revealed that she wanted to do this film because she’s always been a big fan of Michael Fassbender’s work. Derek Cianfrance told Buzzfeed that Vikander invited herself for the film.


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