The film's 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' rebooted video game sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015).
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.
Duncan Airlie James who plays Lara's trainer Terry, is a former 6 time world Thai / Kickboxing champion and K-1 fighter.
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 film rights expire after Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) failed to find audiences.
For this film, 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!"
Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saoirse Ronan and Cara Delevingne were the frontrunners for Lara Croft before Alicia Vikander was cast.
In March 2018, Tomb Raider became the highest rated video game adaptation ever on the website, Rotten Tomatoes. It was surpassed a month later by Rampage (2018).
Daisy Ridley had turned down the role of Lara Croft due to her commitment on Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
Alicia Vikander put on 12 pounds of muscle over four months prior to filming the film.
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.
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 Supporting Actress (Jolie in 2000 for Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Vikander in 2016 for The Danish Girl (2015)). Furthermore, both actresses were born with the same first and last initials (AV), since Jolie was originally called Angelina Jolie Voight before she dropped the 'Voight' name.
This film marks the second time Dominic West plays Alicia Vikander's father, after Testament of Youth (2014).
When Lara enters for the first time in the Croft company it's playing the Piano Concerto in F Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. The same melody plays in the first Tomb Raider movie when Lara is doing gymnastics with bungee cords in her house.
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 film).
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.
The old, rusty airplane that Lara holds onto (that falls down the waterfall) is a World War II Japanese heavy bomber known as a Mitsubishi G3M, or as the Allieds called it, "Nell".
Alicia Vikander was 29 when this reboot was shown in US theaters. Angelina Jolie's age was 26 when Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) was theatrically released.
Alicia Vikander beat out her Tulip Fever (2017) co-star Cara Delevingne for the role of Lara Croft.
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 brown leather belt worn by Lara Croft is from the old (pre-1999) uniform of The Boys' Brigade, a British voluntary youth organization.
When Empire Magazine interviewed Gemma Arterton on her vampire film Byzantium (2012). The actress was told that she had been on many fan's wish-list 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.
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 have been rumored to take the role of Lara Croft.
Kathryn Bigelow, Mimi Leder and Catherine Hardwicke were considered to direct the film.
After the release of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), Angelina Jolie announced she didn't want to do another film 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.
In 2009, Warner Bros. 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 rewrite the reboot and take over for Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, all of whom are now being replaced by the Daugherty.
Daniel Wu is the second Hong Kong movie actor to star in adaptation of Tomb Raider after Simon Yam in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).
Joseph Kosinski was rumored to direct the reboot of the "Tomb Raider" film franchise.
Daisy Ridley, Summer Glau, Emilia Clarke, Gemma Arterton, Cara Delevingne, Emily Blunt, Olivia Wilde and Kristen Stewart were rumored to play Lara Croft.
Saoirse Ronan, one of the frontrunners for Lara Croft had starred in the action film Hanna (2011) as the title character. In that film, Hanna (Ronan) lives in a Finnish wilderness training as an assassin which in the opening scene, she's seen hunting a reindeer. In the 2013 video game which this film is a loose adaption. Lara Croft learns to survive and becomes a warrior when she is stranded on a island.
The pickaxe wielded by Lara then Vogel, towards the end of the film, is almost identical to the one Lara uses throughout the game 'Rise of the Tomb Raider'.
Markus Lygdbeck trained Alicia Vikander for the role of Lara Croft, who also happened to train fellow swedish actor, Alexander Skarsgard for the role of Tarzan