The “Tomb Raider” Lara Croft has been exploring cavernous ruins for ancient artifacts since 1996. As one of the fist games to feature a strong female protagonist the series was ahead of its time in a way. Lara was independent, strong and capable. She exuded confidence and intelligence. Lara Croft was more than a female Indiana Jones. She was a force to be reckoned with and didn’t live in the shadow of the men that came before her.
After five years stuck on video game consoles Lara Croft had become an icon. The popularity of Lara Croft lead to two middling movies starring a young Angelina Jolie. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel The Cradle of Life did little to expand Lara’s story in any meaningful way. Though Jolie played the titular Tomb Raider with gusto, the movies never gained much traction. A planned third movie in the series was eventually sold off to GK Films. They would later announce it as a reboot based off of 2013’s stellar game simply titled Tomb Raider.
The new film is being helmed by director Roar Uthaug who has a script from first time writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Lara is being played by Alicia Vikander, an Oscar winner who played Ava in Ex Machina. The Tomb Raider reboot is being produced by Graham King. King recently finished work on Allied, a WWII film starring Brad Pitt. During an interview for Allied, King said the following regarding 2018’s planned Tomb Raider film:
“Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and i think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and i think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this”.
Sounds like we’ll be getting a film that follows the story line of the recent video game reboots. Much like the first Tomb Raider reboot to hit consoles, the film will follow a young Lara Croft. A Lara that has yet to cut her teeth in the tomb raiding scene. Much like the Lara in the game, expect Vikander’s Lara to be vulnerable and frightened as she grows into the Tomb Raider we all know and love. Here’s Vikander on how her Lara will be different from Jolie’s:
“I hadn’t played the new rebooted game when I met – and now I have and now it’s quite different. The kind of rebooted the game and it visually looks quite different and it’s like I said, it’s more of an origin story. You’re following this girl who, on her way to becoming what we all know her for, Tomb Raider, Lara Croft.”
The Tomb Raider film is set to release some time in 2018. Are you geeks excited to see Lara coming back to the big screen? Sound off in the comments, and stick with DHTG for news on this and so much more.