Alicia Vikander is not playing around! The actress has completely transformed her body for her role as Lara Croft in the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider.
The Swedish born star was announced to play the lead as Lara Croft in the upcoming release of Tomb Raider, set to hit theatres on March 16. 2018. The actress took on more than just playing Croft when signing on to the film, a body transformation that left social-media in a frenzy seems to have been an addition to the role.
The 5-foot-5 actress added 16 pounds worth of muscle in preparation for the role. Vikander, who was trained by Hollywood known trainer, Magnus Lygdback, worked on every area of muscle on her body. According to Hollywood Reporter, Vikander and trainer Lygdback did not look to Angelina Jolie’s 2001 role as Lara Croft for inspiration but wanted to recreate her image as a modern Croft who is a strong and independent woman.
Vikander began training seven months prior to shooting for the film and took the training very seriously. But what exactly did she have to do? The plan includes eating every three hours and not consuming any sugar and any “fast” carbs. Along with that, various forms of mixed martial arts, rock climbing, and archery were incorporated into Vikander’s training.
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Lygdback had it set in stone that he wanted Vikander to “build up muscle” for two months and hit the gym seven days a week. We’re already out of breath just thinking about such a strenuous routine! The 29-year-old reportedly got into the swing of things quickly and was determined to accomplish her fitness goal. Lygdback also mentioned how the hardest part of this whole process wasn’t the activities themselves but was getting Vikander to take a day off to recover.
Now that we know what the actress turn superwoman was doing physically, here’s a quick look at what the star was eating on a daily basis. The stars plan included a breakfast mostly consisting of four eggs with half an avocado and coffee. Her first and second snacks, considering the actress was eating every three hours, were centered mainly on protein. Lunch was 40 grams beef, chicken or fish and 40 grams of “slow” carbs finished off with 40 grams of protein, slow carbs and 30 grams of good fat for dinner. If that doesn’t sound like a meal plan to get in shape, we don’t know what is!
Major props to Vikander for following through with what sounds like an impossible fitness plan, and we're sure she’ll kill it on the big screen too!