The first poster for next year’s reboot of Tomb Raider has finally been unveiled, highlighting Alicia Vikander’s take on Lara Croft. Along with the Resident Evil series, the original Tomb Raider films starring Angelina Jolie are the only real examples of Hollywood successfully turning video games into movies. While both of those franchises did well financially, critics have never really taken to such adaptations. MGM and Warner Bros are hoping to change that next year when their reboot of Tomb Raider hits theaters.
With a bare-bones and action-packed take on the origin of Lara Croft and Oscar-winner Vikander (Ex Machine) in the leader role, the studio stands a real chance of finally striking gold with Tomb Raider. The Tomb Raider synopsis confirms that the movie is an origin story for Vikander as Lara Croft, while the images of Vikander in character support the longstanding claim that the film is drawing inspiration from the 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider video game series. Now however, the film’s marketing campaign is getting properly underway.
MGM and WB have released the first official poster for Tomb Raider online, showing Vikander poised and ready as Lara Croft. Though the image sadly features a good bit of Photoshopping and odd color correction (see below), the prominent placement of a climbing axe in the hero’s hand indicates the movie will in fact feature some actual tomb raiding.
The fun of the Tomb Raider game series has always come from the adventure and exploration elements of their stories. While action is certainly a factor, fans will be anxious to see a Lara Croft who climbs, goes spelunking, and risks death to explore the unknown and uncover ancient artifacts in the movie reboot. While the images so far have shown an active and battle-ready Croft, the new poster puts exploration front and center.
The reveal of the poster also serves to get marketing up and running. Tomb Raider wrapped production back in June and premieres in March of next year, which is why the first Tomb Raider trailer has already been rated and set to debut online this week. With that on the way and the poster out, more information about the plot and the film’s other characters should be arriving soon too.
Joining Vikander in the film are Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu, Dominic West and Hannah John-Kamen in key supporting roles. Expect to see a number of those actors in motion, when the first Tomb Raider trailer drops tomorrow!
Source: MGM/Warner Bros
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