Alicia Vikander spent eight hours playing 'Tomb Raider' video games in preparation for playing Lara Croft.

Alicia Vikander

Alicia Vikander

The Academy Award-winning actress has replaced Angelina Jolie as the face of the money-spinning franchise, and Alicia has revealed just how deep-rooted her love of the games is.

She shared: "I went back and played the rebooted [Lara Croft] games now, before making this film, and I was really excited. I guess it's because I hadn't been [playing] in a long time, but suddenly I looked down and eight hours had passed. And I was freaking out! I was like, 'I don't have eight hours.'

"That shows what a world it is. I kind of forgot about time. I really love it."

Alicia, 29, admitted that the makers of the new 'Tomb Raider' movie tried to straddle the line between honouring the original games, and bringing something new to the series.

Speaking to, Alicia explained: "I think trying to adapt a video game or any other story is the fact that you want to give people what they want about the character and the world that they so well loved. But we also wanted to surprise them and give them something new.

"I came on board quite early on and knew that it was going to be inspired by the 2013 rebooted games and that it was going to be an origin story. When I chatted with Roar Uthaug, the director, and the producers, we realised that there's truly a grounded story to be told."

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