Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft will be an inexperienced adventurer when we meet her in next year's Tomb Raider reboot, which is currently shaping up to be one of next year's most interesting blockbuster films. Similar to the trajectory of the video game franchise of the same name, this Tomb Raider reboot is coming to theaters 15 years after Angelina Jolie's last onscreen portrayal of Lara Croft was seen on the big screen in 2003's Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Unfortunately, Hollywood's record of adapting video game franchises for the big screen hasn't improved in any notable way since then, making this Tomb Raider reboot feel like just as much of an uncertainty as ever.
Directed by the foreign filmmaker, Roar Uthaug (The Wave), however, the names attached to this new live-action take on Tomb Raider add up to a particularly talented ensemble. Not only is Alicia Vikander - who is coming off an Oscar victory from a couple years back - leading the film as Lara Croft, but she will also be accompanied throughout the film by a number of talented veteran names, including Dominic West as her father Lord Richard Croft, Walton Goggins as the villainous Mathias Vogel, Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, and more.
In a new interview with EW for the film as well, Alicia Vikander talks about what separates her version of Lara Croft from Jolie's, simultaneously confirming that the film will be an origin story for the character. Similar to the general trajectory of the 2013 video game reboot, Vikander revealed that Tomb Raider will pick up with Lara as a girl stuck in a day job in London, who journeys into the unknown after an unlikely clue hints at the possible survival of her presumed-dead father:
“She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, but we’ve stripped away all of her experience. She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet. She thought he was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.”
Vikander also revealed that she feels even more motivated to make this take on Tomb Raider and Lara Croft the best it can possibly be, following her own personal viewing of director Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman earlier this year:
“I went to the cinema and saw Wonder Woman the other day. It’s a mixture of joy and sadness pouring over me, as I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I haven’t seen women onscreen like that.’ And I wondered how many stories there have there been throughout the years that haven’t been told. If Wonder Woman made such an impact, which it deserves to, then we need to use ten times as much force to make some change. Because it needs to happen.”
Considering just how well-received the 2013 video game reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise was - which told a similar origin story-like tale for Lara Croft - it doesn't come as much of a surprise that this new take on the character would pick up with her at the start of her adventuring days. Now, whether or not that actually affects the pacing and tone of the film in any noticeably negative or positive ways, will have to wait to be seen for the time being.
Fortunately, with no official footage having been released from Tomb Raider up until this point, these new comments from Vikander could also mean some kind of near release date for the film's first trailer. After wrapping principal photography near the beginning of last month and with an early March release date next year, the timetable would certainly make sense, and hopefully, then, fans can finally get their first real idea of what to expect from this particular Tomb Raider story - one which could very well be the first properly successful video game adaptation that Hollywood has been waiting for.
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018