The first trailer for MGM and Warner Bros. Pictures' Tomb Raider film reboot - starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander - is now online. After Angelina Jolie headlined the two Tomb Raider movies that were released back in the 2000s, the new big screen iteration of Tomb Raider aims to buck the trend of underwhelming movies based on video games. The film explores Lara Croft's origins by going back to the beginning of her career as an adventurer, as she sets out on a mission to find her long-lost father (played by Dominic West).
Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing the Tomb Raider movie reboot and looks to be taking a full-blown action/adventure approach to the franchise with his adaptation. The Lara Croft character herself remains as popular a fixture of modern pop culture as ever, following the release of the 2013 Tomb Raider video game series reboot and its 2015 sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. Vikander has promised that the Tomb Raider film reboot will strive to honor Lara Croft's video game roots, while also incorporating fresh material into the mix. The first trailer for the movie offers a sneak peek of how it aims to go about doing just that.
Following the release of the official Tomb Raider poster, fans now have a better idea of what to expect from Vikander's take on Lara Croft, thanks to the movie's theatrical trailer. Vikander is naturally featured front and center in the action-driven footage included here, while the preview at large further teases the beginning of her journey in the film and the lengths to which she will go, in order to find (and save) her father.
You can check out the trailer for Tomb Raider (courtesy of costar Daniel Wu), below. UPDATE: The trailer has been pulled for now.
As the first look at the new big screen take on Lara Croft, the trailer seems promising. The action sequences that are glimpsed in this trailer footage appear to be modeled heavily after those in the 2013 Tomb Raider video game reboot, which is encouraging to see (especially for those who were hoping for a faithful adaptation). Whether it's Lara making a hallway run while dodging swinging blades, making a leap across a shattering plane, or escaping a boat that is close to capsizing, there looks to be no shortage of slick action to keep viewers entertained come next year.
While the action is clearly the selling point of this film, so is Vikander. The trailer makes it clear (as if there was any doubt) that Tomb Raider is her vehicle, and hopefully the start of her own hit franchise. She is surrounded by a capable supporting cast, with the trailer even offering up a glimpse at Walton Goggins' villain, but no one is expected to steal the spotlight from the movie's Oscar-winning star. With this being just the first look at the video game adaptation, there should be plenty more to come.
Source: Daniel Wu
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018