New Lara Croft Alicia Vikander was banned from playing Tomb Raider

Mum and dad just wouldn't allow it.

Alicia Vikander
Strike a pose Oscar winner and new Lara Croft Alicia Vikander. Image Picture Charles Leonio/Getty

New Lara Croft Alicia Vikander has revealed that she was banned from playing the Tomb Raider games while growing up.

The Oscar-winning Danish Girl star told Total Film that her parents tried to stop her from playing as the gun-toting console adventurer – now Vikander is doing it for real.

“I kept it secret – I didn’t have many girlfriends who shared that interest, but I really loved it,” she said of her illicit Croft-playing antics.

“I did play Tomb Raider back then, even though my parents said I wasn’t allowed to.”

“I did play Tomb Raider back then, even though my parents said I wasn’t allowed to.”

After winning the coveted role of Lara Croft, which will see Vikander follow in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie, the Swedish actress admitted that her parents expressed their delight at the career move. All that time spent playing in secret must have paid off?

Vikander added that she was looking forward getting out of her comfort zone to play the action heroine.

“I danced for many years. I really enjoy the aspect of being able to work with my physicality. In one way, I can probably do that unconsciously,” she explained.

“But in this, it’s going to be a whole other level. It’s always wonderful when you get the chance to try things out that you never thought you would be able to do, to push yourself and your boundaries.”

Tomb Raider will be based on the storyline from the 2013 PlayStation 3 reboot. Lara will embark on her first expedition and face a mysterious island cut as she  seeks to uncover the truth about her missing parents.

Vikander can next be seen starring opposite Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, opening in cinemas this July.

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