The first trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot should arrive soon. The new video game adaptation has been in development for several years and it's meant to reboot the franchise on the big screen, while presumably launching Warner Bros.' next major series. It has been several years since Jan de Bont's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, starring Angelina Jolie as the titular archaeologist-adventurer, were in theaters, and so it's high-time that people get another adaptation of the famed video game character.
The new reboot is being directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) and stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as the main character, Lara Croft. Rather than produce an original story that takes cues from past games, the reboot will be based on Crystal Dynamics' 2013 video game reboot, essentially making the new movie an actual video game movie adaptation as well as an origin story for the character. Perhaps, then, future installments will be based on the game's sequels, should they happen of course.
The Tomb Raider reboot is scheduled to hit theaters early next year, and Warner Bros. has yet to release the film's first teaser trailer. However, Vikander recently told the Ottawa Sun at the Toronto International Film Festival while promoting her latest film, Euphoria, that the first trailer should arrive sometime soon, within the next two weeks. Vikander also briefly discussed the movie, specifically saying the reboot is essentially a coming-of-age story for the character and it's about being young and naive.
“It’s about being young, and not really knowing what kind of life is going to be in front of you. And you’ve been thrown questions about what you want to do, what you should do, and it’s not an easy thing for a teenager to figure that out. There’s a lot of pressure. It’s a coming of age story with a known action character, and hopefully, we’ll see some new aspects of her that we haven’t seen before.”
The actress' comments about the movie being a coming-of-age story reflect similar statements she has made in the past about the reboot being an origin story. She recently said that Lara Croft is a first-time adventurer, something that resembles the character's experience level in the video game reboot the movie is based on.
At this point, though, audiences may want to see Vikander in action as Lara Croft for themselves, instead of receiving yet another still image. So, it's good that the first trailer should arrive within the next few weeks, which means the trailer will likely be screened ahead of either Kingsman: The Golden Circle or Blade Runner: 2049 -- another Warner Bros. production. But, considering that Tomb Raider releases in the spring and is based on an iconic video game character, it's curious as to why the studio decided not to at least screen some footage of the film (or promote it in any way possible) at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer. Still, better late than never.
Source: Ottawa Sun
- Tomb Raider (2018) release date: Mar 16, 2018