Say what you will about video game movies, the upcoming Tomb Raider franchise is something to be excited about. The film will star Academy Award Winning actress Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft and thanks to Vanity Fair we have our first look at Vikander as the iconic video game character.
In the images, it is clear that Lara Croft’s look has been inspired by the 2013 reboot of the video game franchise. The first image shows Lara in a jungle with a bow and a quiver of arrows.
The film will separate itself from the video games and the previous movies starring Angelina Jolie by creating an entirely new backstory for the character. A new description of the film was provided by Vanity Fair.
seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
In the second image Vikander’s Lara is clutching a large piece of wood and I can only imagine she’s gonna use it against the guy heading her way. From the looks of things, this version will find Lara trapped on the Island and will focus on her trying to find out what happened to her father while also using her survival skills.
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character,“ Vikander told Vanity Fair. “I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”
“Alicia Vikander brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character,” added Producer Graham King, “which is every bit as important as Lara Croft’s fierce strength, determination, and physicality. Our film takes Lara from her early origins to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s a complex character, requiring a range of elements and Alicia brings all of that together brilliantly in her portrayal.”
Another look at Vikander in Tomb Raider was released by Warner Bros. on the studio’s official UK twitter account. The image (below) shows Lara in the now iconic costume, covered in dirt with nothing but a climbing ax.
Looking at all three of these images it’s clear that the upcoming Tomb Raider movie will show Lara exploring this Island. These three images show the character in very different locations and surroundings and each one looks amazing in its own unique way. If the movie can show Lara exploring these different areas and have a different look for each I will be more than happy.
Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug and will land in theaters on March 16, 2018! The film also stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu.