– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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 game counterpart. 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 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.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, “Tomb Raider” 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 (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”), with Oscar-winner Graham King (“The Departed”) producing under his GK Films banner.  The film’s production begins on the heels of the 20thanniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.

“Tomb Raider” also stars Dominic West (“Money Monster,” “300”), Walton Goggins (“The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained”) and Daniel Wu (AMC’s “Into the Badlands”).

Shooting on location in South Africa and the UK, Uthaug directs from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.  The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”); production designer Gary Freeman (“Maleficent”); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (“Skyfall,” “Gorillas in the Mist”); and costume designer Tim Wonsik (key costumer, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”).


Last year may not have been the huge video game movie success that we were all hoping for — between Warcraft and Assassin’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 didn’t do as well critically or commercially as they had hoped they would. However, that hasn’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 Vikander’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. Here’s what the piece had to say about the story:

“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.”

We have to say, based on the images, as well as the synopsis, we’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 can’t wait to see it fullyrealized on the big screen. That being said, we’ve been burnt before, and while the productions are completely unrelated, it’s hard to ignore that I had a very similar optimistic feeling with Assassin’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

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.