The upcoming "Tomb Raider" reboot is one of the few action franchises headlined by a female hero, and yet, according to titular star Alicia Vikander, the film is still lacking in its representation of women on the big screen.
The Oscar-winning actress shared her thoughts on the subject in a new interview with the BBC's "The One Show" (via Vanity Fair). When the host told Vikander that she was disappointed in how few female characters were in the movie, the actress said she agreed with that assessment.
"I was wondering, I was on this island like, 'There's not enough women, where are they?'" Vikander said of shooting "Tomb Raider." "I was running around looking for them."
The flick does co-star Kristin Scott Thomas ("The English Patient," "The Horse Whisperer," "Four Weddings and a Funeral"), who Vikander praised as an "extraordinary actress." But Thomas's part is fairly small, and the rest of the main ensemble is filled out by male actors, including Dominic West (appearing in flashbacks and video messages as Lara's missing father), Walton Goggins (playing the villain, Mathias Vogel), and Daniel Wu (playing sidekick Lu Ren, one of the few diverse characters in the film).
As Frances McDormand noted in her fiery, fantastic Oscars acceptance speech this past weekend, women need to have their voices heard in film more than ever. Here's hoping Vikander can help the "Tomb Raider" team expand its horizons in future installments.
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