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.
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).
Duncan Airlie James (Terry the Trainer) is a former six-time world Thai/Kickboxing champion and K-1 fighter.
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!"
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).
Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan, and Cara Delevingne were the frontrunners for Lara Croft before Alicia Vikander was cast.
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".
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.
Daisy Ridley had turned down the role of Lara Croft due to her commitment on Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019).
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.
In one of the trailers released for the movie, Lara Croft is seen buying two Heckler & 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.
The brown leather belt worn by Lara Croft is from the old (pre-1999) uniform of The Boys' Brigade, a British voluntary youth organization.
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.
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).
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.
This movie marks the second time Dominic West played Alicia Vikander's father, after Testament of Youth (2014).
In 2019, it was announced that there will be a sequel, and that Alicia Vikander will return as Lara Croft. It is expected to be released on March 29, 2021.
Junkie XL worked on music for this movie after Danny Elfman replaced him in Justice League (2017).
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 for Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Vikander for The Danish Girl (2015)).
Alicia Vikander said that it only took three weeks after filming ended to lose all the muscle mass she'd gained for the role.
Walton Goggins called the plot "Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel, 'Victory: An Island Tale'".
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).
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.
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.
Alicia Vikander beat out her Tulip Fever (2017) co-star Cara Delevingne for the role of Lara Croft.
(At around thirty-eight minutes) The sound bite heard is from the opening credits of Logan's Run (1976).
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.
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.
Emilia Clarke Nina Dobrev, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Greene, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Browning, Elizabeth Olsen, Gemma Arterton, Nikki Reed, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Jessica Biel, Sienna Miller, Megan Fox, Rosario Dawson, Summer Glau, Kate Beckinsale, Daisy Ridley, Rhona Mitra, Alexandra Daddario, and Kaya Scodelario had been rumored to take the role of Lara Croft.
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.
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).
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).
"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.
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.
In early 2016 Daisy Ridley was announced to be in-talks to play Lara Croft, but Daisy Ridley passed on it due to her commitment on Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). In that movie, Daisy Ridley's character Rey goes to an island on the ocean planet Ahch-To find Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). In this movie, Lara Croft goes to the mythical island off the coast of Japan to solve the mystery behind Lord Richard Croft's disappearance.
Emilia Clarke was rumored to play Lara Croft. Emilia Clarke's Game of Thrones (2011) co-star Iain Glen played Manfred Powell in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) which this movie is a reboot of.