Warner Bros. released the first images of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and a summary of her backstory.
The cinematographic reboot of Tomb Raider will be about Lara leaving everything behind to follow her father’s tracks in the hopes of finding out what happened to him. The film is inspired by the 2013 reboot of the game and its sequel.
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
In an interview with GQ, the movie’s director, Roar Uthaug, offered a few comments on his approach to this new origin story for the character and the movie as a videogame adaptation:
GQ: How closely will your movie echo the narrative of the 2013 Tomb Raider video game?
Roar Uthaug: That game was certainly part of what inspired our film. I think fans will be delighted to discover many touchstones from the game throughout the story. At the same time, this is not the kind of video game adaptation you often see, with a lot of CGI and effects. Our movie takes a more realistic, grounded approach. Lara Croft is a hero and a champion but she is not a superhero. She is very much human, and we see her deal with that humanity in many ways.
This reboot will be Tomb Raider’s first movie adaptation since Angelina Jolie’s dilogy hit the big screen 15 years ago. Now the torch is passed onto Vikander who must both fill the shoes of the iconic videogame character and Jolie’s interpretation of her. But Uthaug trusts that Alicia Vikander’s take on Lara Croft will be well received:
Alicia is a truly great actress, and she lights up the screen as Lara Croft. She brings great depth and humanity to this character, and great passion, while simultaneously delivering the intense physical action that the role demands. I’m very impressed by her dedication to the part and her tireless pursuit to get everything right.
Tomb Raider will premiere on March 16, 2018.