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(2018)

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Duncan Airlie James, who plays Lara's trainer Terry, is a former six time world Thai/Kickboxing champion and K-1 fighter.
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Alicia Vikander put on a lot of muscle to play Lara, as she wanted the character to be as realistic as possible and also did some of her own stunts.
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The plot is loosely based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series, Tomb Raider (2013). It also shares some minor elements of Crystal Dynamics' sequel game, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015).
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For this movie, Alicia Vikander wanted to play a strong and physically fit Lara Croft, so her goal was to gain enough muscle and strength. Walton Goggins stated that: "She is just a real powerhouse. She made me embarrassed to take my shirt off, and I go to the gym five days a week!"
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Alicia Vikander was a fan of the video game series growing up.
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In March 2013, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced that they acquired the rights to the "Tomb Raider" film franchise from Paramount Pictures, who had let their movie rights expire after Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) "failed to find audiences" (despite being a worldwide success).
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Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan and Cara Delevingne were the frontrunners for Lara Croft before Alicia Vikander was cast.
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Alicia Vikander put on twelve pounds of muscle over four months prior to filming.
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The old, rusty airplane, onto which Lara holds (that falls down the waterfall), is a World War II Japanese heavy bomber known as a Mitsubishi G3M, or as the Allies called it, "Nell".
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Currently the highest rated video game adaptation on Rotten Tomatoes.
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When Lara enters for the first time in the Croft company, the Piano Concerto in F Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach is playing. The same melody played in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) when Lara is exercising with bungee cords in her house.
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Daisy Ridley had turned down the role of Lara Croft due to her commitment on Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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Alicia Vikander said in an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) that she did most of her own stunts and had to repeat some of them.
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In one of the trailers released for the movie, Lara Croft is seen buying two Heckler and Koch USP Match handguns and saying "I'll take two." In the "Lara Croft" movies starring Angelina Jolie, Lara wields the same weapons in both movies.
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The brown leather belt worn by Lara Croft is from the old (pre-1999) uniform of The Boys' Brigade, a British voluntary youth organization.
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On the entrance to Lara's father's hidden basement, the enscription indicates that Lara's mother, Amelia Croft, died in 1996. 1996 is the year that the first Tomb Raider video game was released.
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The day the movie was released, Square Enix released the first trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) (the video game's second sequel to Tomb Raider (2013) which was the basis for this movie).
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This movie marks the second time Dominic West played Alicia Vikander's father, after Testament of Youth (2014).
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Junkie XL worked on music for this movie after Danny Elfman replaced him in Justice League (2017).
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Markus Lygdbeck trained Alicia Vikander for the role of Lara Croft, who also happened to train fellow Swedish actor, Alexander Skarsgård for the role of Tarzan.
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Alicia Vikander is the second actress to portray Lara Croft in a movie, but is also the second Oscar winning actress to do so after Angelina Jolie. The two won in the same category, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jolie in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Vikander in 2016 for The Danish Girl (2015)).
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Walton Goggins called the plot "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel, 'Victory: An Island Tale'".
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Alicia Vikander was twenty-nine when this movie was shown in U.S. theaters. Angelina Jolie's age was twenty-six when Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was theatrically released.
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Alicia Vikander beat out her Tulip Fever (2017) co-star Cara Delevingne for the role of Lara Croft.
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After Lara sets out to return to the camp, she picks up a recurve bow and arrows from her father's cave. This is the only bow she is seen using in this movie. However, it is the second of four bows she utilizes in the 2013 video game (the others being a makeshift longbow, a modern compound bow, and a high tech competition bow). She is also shown using a modern bow during a flashback scene, as a teen shooting at an apple.
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The pickaxe Lara wields towards the end of the movie is the same one she uses in the games Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015).
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When Empire Magazine interviewed Gemma Arterton on her vampire movie Byzantium (2012), she was told that she had been on many fan's wishlist for the role of Lara Croft, and one of the series of Twitter questions put to her by the interviewer asks, if she would be interested in playing Lara Croft, and she gave the standard answer "If the script was good", and revealed she was a big fan of the video game as a teenager.
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In 2009, Warner Brothers had plans to reboot the franchise with some help from Lin Pictures, with Megan Fox attached to star. However, when in 2011 the project died, MGM began its efforts to bring their prequel version to life. In 2013, the studio brought on Marti Noxon to re-write it and take over for Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, all of whom were replaced by the Daugherty.
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At 38:44 to 38:50, the sound bite heard is from the opening credits of Logan's Run (1976).
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After the release of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), Angelina Jolie announced she didn't want to do another movie as the iconic video game character, hence the reboot of the franchise. However, in late 2013, there were rumors Angelina Jolie wanted to come back as Lara Croft, but the rumor was false.
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Kathryn Bigelow, Mimi Leder, and Catherine Hardwicke were considered to direct.
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Kristen Stewart was offered the lead role, but turned it down.
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Daniel Wu and Nick Frost appeared on Into the Badlands (2015).
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Daniel Wu is the second Hong Kong movie actor to appear in an adaptation of Tomb Raider after Simon Yam in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).
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This is one out of three 2018 movies between Warner Brothers and MGM. The others being A Star Is Born (2018) and Creed II (2018).
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Walton Goggins and Hannah John Kamen appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
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Joseph Kosinski was rumored to direct the reboot of the "Tomb Raider" film franchise.
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Tricia Brock was offered the chance to direct, but passed.
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Alicia Vikander and Walton Goggins appeared in the Jason Bourne film franchise.
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"Digital and visual effects were undertaken in South Australia with the support of the South Australian Film Corporation" according to the movie's closing credits.
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Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby were previously attached to write.
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Sir Derek Jacobi and Kristin Scott Thomas appeared in Gosford Park (2001).
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This movie borrows some plot elements from Star Trek Beyond (2016). Paramount Pictures, who produced and released that movie, produced and released Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), of which this movie is a reboot.
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Alicia Vikander is wearing a Rapha helmet when riding her bike.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During the climax, Lara leaps across the "Chasm of Souls" and grasps for the ledge, driving her pry axe into the wall and hanging on by one arm. This is a frequent game mechanic of the 2013 video game, Tomb Raider (2013), often timed with a button press to prevent falling.
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In the rebooted video game franchise's sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) one of the principle antagonists is Ana, a former lover of Lara's father and senior Trinity Agent. Although in the game, Ana's surname is not mentioned, it is likely the Ana Miller character from this movie is based on this character. There are hints in the movie, including Ana confessing to being close to Lord Richard Croft prior to his disappearance, and the shot of Ana getting on the elevator as Lara pieces together the connection between Trinity and Croft Holdings, prompting her to continue investigating her father's disappearance.
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The movie does not feature supernatural elements, unlike the video game on which it's based. Instead, it is revealed that the Queen of Death is immune to and acts as a carrier for an unknown disease which spreads through touch.
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After escaping Vogel and landing from the parachute, Lara is impaled by a stick through her side. This injury is the same injury she suffers in the opening of the 2013 video game, and serves as a key plot element for the opening chapters.
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In the movie, it is never explained why the island is so hard to find and from which cannot be escaped. However, it is elaborated on in the 2013 video game. In the game, it is explained that Himiko has supernatural power over the weather, and that severe wind and rain put the island in a perpetual storm. Once Himiko is laid to rest, the island's weather calms so that Lara can escape. This is alluded to in the movie by the severe weather when they arrive, and the clear sunny skies when they leave.
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One of Lara's key pieces of equipment in the 2013 video game is her red climbing pry axe, which she gains in the tutorial stages and utilizes for the rest of the game. However, she does not aquire her iconic weapon until the climax of the movie.
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An extremely rare example of a movie that uses its mid-credits scene in its trailer (the "I'll take two" scene with Lara buying guns).
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At the end of the movie, it is revealed that "The Order of Trinity" is based in Norway/Sweden. Director Roar Uthaug is Norwegian, and Alicia Vikander is Swedish.
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