UPDATE: Yesterday, Warner Bros. and MGM revealed two photos featuring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) as Lara Croft. Warner Bros. and MGM have just released another image of Alicia looking just like her video gamecounterpart. Check out the new Tomb Raider photo in our gallery, along with an updated plot synopsis below!
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 fatherâ€™s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that heâ€™s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara canâ€™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 dadâ€™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 couldnâ€™t be higher for Lara, whoâ€”against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spiritâ€”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.
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, â€œTomb Raiderâ€ is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero. The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (â€œEx Machina,â€ â€œThe Danish Girlâ€) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (â€œThe Waveâ€), with Oscar-winner Graham King (â€œThe Departedâ€) producing under his GK Films banner. The filmâ€™s production begins on the heels of the 20thanniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.
â€œTomb Raiderâ€ also stars Dominic West (â€œMoney Monster,â€ â€œ300â€), Walton Goggins (â€œThe Hateful Eight,â€ â€œDjango Unchainedâ€) and Daniel Wu (AMCâ€™s â€œInto the Badlandsâ€).
Shooting on location in South Africa and the UK, Uthaug directs from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. The directorâ€™s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (â€œMission: Impossible â€“ Rogue Nationâ€); production designer Gary Freeman (â€œMaleficentâ€); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (â€œSkyfall,â€ â€œGorillas in the Mistâ€); and costume designer Tim Wonsik (key costumer, â€œGuardians of the Galaxy,â€ â€œCaptain America: The Winter Soldierâ€).
Last year may not have been the huge video game movie success that we were all hoping for â€” between Warcraft and Assassinâ€™s Creed, many were disappointed that Hollywood had once again swung for the fences and perhaps only ended up with a single. In short, the films didnâ€™t do as well critically or commercially as they had hoped they would. However, that hasnâ€™t stopped the momentum in Hollywood, as there are countless other video game projects in development.
Perhaps the highest profile film on the development, comes in the form of Tomb Raider, an adaptation of the recently-rebooted franchise, which sees a younger Lara Croft battling the elements and a host of enemies while stranded on an island. Taking on the role of the iconic character is Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander, who seems well-fitted for the role both in look and in acting talent. Some time ago, we reported some of the images that had leaked from the production, but now, studios MGM, WB, and GK have released the first two images showing off Vikanderâ€™s faithful look.
Check out the images below!
In addition to these images, Vanity Fair also got a few extra plot details that, while greatly influenced by the video game, reveal that Lara is in search of her father, not some lost kingdom. Hereâ€™s what the piece had to say about the story:
â€œSeven 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 fatherâ€™s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
â€œSuddenly, the stakes couldnâ€™t be higher for Lara, whoâ€”against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spiritâ€”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.â€
We have to say, based on the images, as well as the synopsis, weâ€™re very much a fan of how this whole thing is turning out. Vikander is an actress that certainly adds a decent amount of credibility to an already strong character, and we canâ€™t wait to see it fully realized on the big screen. That being said, weâ€™ve been burnt before, and while the productions are completely unrelated, itâ€™s hard to ignore that I had a very similar optimistic feeling with Assassinâ€™s Creed, and we all know how that turned out.
For the time being, we’ll remain cautiously optimistic about this one. Had this been an original property, I’d see no reason to be doubtful of its quality. The cast is great, the director is amazing, and there really has been no reason not to believe in what they’ve shared with us so far. We may very well be in good hands with this new Tomb Raider flick.
Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.
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SOURCES: Vanity Fair