Reboot movie set to release in 2018
With the Tomb Raider series getting a successful reboot back in 2013, it only makes sense for its film adaptations to get a similar treatment. While the knowledge of a new movie is nothing new, we do have some brand new images that finally feature Alicia Vikander, the lead actress, as protagonist Lara Croft.
As you can see from the photos, there’s a clear resemblance to the Lara seen in the more recent games. Gone are the short shorts and and tight spandex; this is a young woman here to explore jungles, raid temples and possibly get into a scrap or two with that pickaxe of hers.
The synopsis for the film has also been released and, though there are similarities to the reboot games, it’s not just going to be a straight adaptation of them.
“Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.
“Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. 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.”
This will mark the third movie to be based on the series, following 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, which both starred Angelina Jolie as Lara.
Vikander, who recently won an Oscar for her performance in The Danish Girl, will be joined by Walter Goggins (who will play the main villain), Daniel Wu (who will play a ship captain that aids Lara) and Dominic West (as Lara’s father).
Directed by Roar Uthaug, the film is set to release in March 2018.