The Tomb Raider franchise, starring globetrotting hero Lara Croft, has a long and storied history, beginning with the 1996 PlayStation video game. In 2001, Angelina Jolie starred in a critically panned but financially successful film adaptation, which later spawned a sequel. Then in 2013, Square Enix published a hard reboot to the video game series, which traded Lara's over-hyped sexuality for a more vulnerable heroine and story of survival.
Following this new iteration of Lara Croft comes a reboot to the film series, currently rumored for a Fall 2017 release, and with recently cast Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl) in the starring role. The film is being written by Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is set to direct.
In an interview with Total Film Magazine, Vikander opened up about her history as a fan of the Tomb Raider games: "I kept it secret – I didn’t have many girlfriends who shared that interest, but I really loved it." She also admitted that she snuck in play sessions with the game "even though my parents said I wasn't allowed to."
Additionally, Vikander had some thoughts on the physical challenges of playing the spry action heroine:
I danced for many years. I really enjoy the aspect of being able to work with my physicality. In one way, I can probably do that unconsciously. But in this, it’s going to be a whole other level. It’s always wonderful when you get the chance to try things out that you never thought you would be able to do, to push yourself and your boundaries.
Considering the amount of parkour, cliffhanging, and gymnastic shenanigans Lara usually finds herself involved in, it's promising to hear that Vikander is up for the challenge. She has wowed in a number of performances recently, most notably her Academy Award-winning role in The Danish Girl. The fact that she brings a level of passion for the source material bodes well for the project.
However, it remains to be seen whether Vikander's excitement can save this project from the video game movie curse, which has seen Hollywood attempt to adapt a number of games with less success than anticipated. Still, the Vikander-starring Tomb Raider reboot is in the early stages, so we will know more as the final film begins to take shape over the next two years.
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The Tomb Raider reboot is rumored to be eyeing a Fall 2017 release.
Source: Total Film Magazine [via GR+]