Alicia Vikander burst onto the scene in a big way in 2015, starring as one of the highlights in high-profile projects like Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. before capping the year with a Best Supporting Actress win at the Oscars for her work alongside Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl. Garnering status similar to the breakout of Jennifer Lawrence a few years ago, it’s only fitting that Vikander was handed the lead role in a major blockbuster franchise. In this case, the Swedish actress will be starring in a reboot of video game franchise Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, a series of female Indiana Jones-esque adventures once previously headlined by Angelina Jolie in the early 2000’s.
With Tomb Raider set to come out next March, the marketing campaign is beginning to ratchet up for the reboot. Thanks to the release of the film’s first poster, we had already gotten a good look at Vikander in the full Lara Croft costume. Now we get to see her in motion, as a trailer tease has dropped on the official Tomb Raider Twitter page (for both the games and the movie). It’s a brief look at a full-length trailer that will drop sometime tomorrow, but it gives us a taste of the movie’s adrenaline-pumping action, with shots of Vikander wielding a bow and arrow, brutally caroming into rapid waters, and channeling some Matrix bulletime in an attempt to avoid a deadly demise.
This film is specifically based on one of the newest Lara Croft adventure, 2013’s game of the same name released by Crystal Dynamics Given the full-length trailer is dropping tomorrow, the studio is probably planning on attaching the preview in front of upcoming similar action/adventure properties like Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Blade Runner 2049 in theaters. This will give audiences ample exposure to the new onscreen version of Lara Croft, as this brief tease seems to quell any doubts that Vikander has the physicality to handle such a physically-challenging role. We also get a blink-and-you’ll-miss it look at Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, one of Croft’s companions in this adventure.
The reboot of Tomb Raider will arrive 15 years after the last film installment, Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life, opened to underwhelming critical and financial success in 2003. In that time, the quandary of the “good video game movie” has yet to be solved, with Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed being the latest films to whiff on an attempt. It’s far too early to tell if director Roar Ulthaug (who previously was best known for the Norwegian disaster film The Wave) has bucked this trend here, but we certainly will get a better sense of just that, when the official trailer for Tomb Raider drops online.
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