A new ‘Tomb Raider‘ reboot is coming and we’ve been given the first look at Alicia Vikander (‘Ex Machina’,’The Danish Girl’) portraying Lara Croft in the ‘Tomb Raider’ film. The film won’t be following in Angelina Jolie’s footsteps from the originals but will instead be more faithful to the stories told in 2013’s rebooted ‘Tomb Raider’ video game, and it’s 2015 follow-up ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider.’ Director Roar Uthaug seems to have at least the visuals down for a more gritty take on the character.

Vikander is very excited about the character, and when she talks about Croft and why she took the role she states:

“I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me, I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head, and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”

While we don’t know the full adventure that lays before this take on Lara Croft quite yet, we do know that the film will start seven years after the disappearance of her father. 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire and instead, works  as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually, she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.

So we clearly see a building on a legacy from her father as well as starting out on her own. How any of the business ties might factor in, have yet to be seen though I suspect it will play into at least some portion of the plot.

Now, as we all know there is a curse on video game movies being down and Uthaug addressed that exact issue on when he was crafting ‘Tomb Raider’:

“We drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”

While one can hope that he has found a way to break the bad streak of video game adaptations, we also felt that ‘Warcraft’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ were both being drawn from rich and well-developed worlds with plenty of solid stories to tell. Hopefully, he’ll have learned from their mistakes and not make them in this film.

Are you looking forward to checking out ‘Tomb Raider’? What are your thoughts on how Uthaug is handling the film? Share your thoughts below!


Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

‘Tomb Raider’ opens on March 16th, 2018!


Source: Vanity Fair

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