It’s been a long time since Paramount’s two previous ‘Tomb Raider’ movies, starring Angeline Jolie as lead hero Lara Croft. ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ came out way back in 2001 and the sequel ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ arrived promptly after that in 2003.
Now MGM & GK Films are planning to reboot the franchise from scratch, with Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander portraying Croft and Roar Uthaug attached to direct. Attached as a producer is veteran Graham King, who has also had a hand in films such as ‘World War Z’, ‘Argo’ and the new WWII thriller ‘Allied’.
Obviously, King’s main focus at this time is ‘Allied’ which is getting Oscar buzz, specifically for lead actor Brad Pitt who has never won an acting Oscar. But even so, King took a moment recently to discuss the approach to the new ‘Tomb Raider’, saying:
“Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and i think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this.”
Vikander won the Academy Award for Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role for her performance in ‘The Danish Girl’. She was also lauded for her performance in ‘Ex Machina’. She has branched out into the action genre with roles in ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ and ‘Jason Bourne’.
Thus far, Vikander is the only star announced, but the film is due to begin production soon, to be released on March 16, 2018.
Are you excited to see this franchise return?