– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The past year hasn’t been incredibly kind on the video game movie genre. Warcraft underperformed domestically, Assassin’s Creed flopped, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the lowest performing film in North America for the franchise. Yet despite these numerous speed bumps, we, ironically enough, haven’t seen much of a slowdown from Hollywood. There seems to be a general consensus that none of these films weren’t given the best opportunities to succeed (i.e., they weren’t that good).

With those potential flicks out of the way, it opens up a new upcoming generation of video game movies. Leading the pack in this new round of ol’ college tries is none other than the reboot of the beloved franchise, Tomb Raider. Last time this series hit the big screen was in 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, starring Angelina Jolie. While the film did okay at the box office, we’d be hard-pressed to actually call it a success. We all had this feeling deep down that they could have done much better.

In 2013, a reboot of the game series was released by Square Enix, and rather than focus too much on either being an Indiana Jones clone, or on the jiggle effects of her character model, the developer sought to give her an actual personality. The result was a kickass game that threw a wet-behind-the-ears Lara Croft into the middle of an island with the odds stacked against her.

Given the narrative strengths of that game, it seemed like a solid starting point for the film. Luckily for us, the film gods were smiling down on us, and the studio pursued that very story with this inaugural outing of the rebooted franchise. If you needed any more confirmation that this would be the approach they’d take, look no further than the recent batch of leaked set photos. In the photos, you can see actress Alicia Vikander sporting the same exact outfit as she does in the game.

Check it them out below!

We couldn’t be more thrilled to see production underway with this. Between Vikander, actor Walton Goggins (who plays the villain in the flick), and director Roar Uthaug — who directed the great movie The Wave — we see a lot of potential in this one.

I know it’s been said a lot about many video game movie properties…but this could be the one to break the curse. Let’s hope the story is as strong as the talent would indicate.

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018!

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SOURCE: Vikander Online, Vikander ITALY, Alicia Vikander Daily

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.