2016 came and went, and along with it the hopes for a great video game adaptation. “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed” disappointed both fans and at the Box Office as well. Now, here comes the “Tomb Raider” reboot. Can it break the apparent curse? We have no idea, but we do know its leading lady Alicia Vikander is an amazingly faithful depiction of the latest iteration of Lara Croft. The first official pics of her debuted today (via Vanity Fair), and if this is any indication we’re off to a pretty promising start.
Vikander told the mag: “When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. 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.”
The studio also released the first plot details, which you can read after the images…
Here’s the official synopsis: “Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working 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. 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.”
Vikander is joined in the film by
“Tomb Raider” is directed by Roar Uthaug from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (“Transformers: The Last Knight”). The film also stars Dominic West (The Wire, Punisher: War Zone) as her father, Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu as a ship captain helping Lara Croft find her father, and Emmy-nominated actor Walton Goggins (Justified, The Hateful Eight) as the main villain. It premieres 16th March 2018.