It has been an eventful couple of years for Alicia Vikander. The actress caught the world’s attention with her starring role in one of 2015’s best movies, Ex Machina, as the complicated android Ava. Later that same year she went on to win the Academy Award for her role in The Theory of Everything and now she is translating all that success into a leading role in an action franchise.
The long road to developing a winning video game movie franchise has been well documented. However, the Tomb Raider series has a proven track record, with Angelina Jolie making a hit, and a dud, in her to turns as Lara Croft. Vikander is now at the head of a reimagining of the film series, based closer to the recent Crystal Dynamics’ reboot of the video game series on next generation consoles.
With the movie’s release a little less than a year away, the marketing campaign for the upcoming reboot is just beginning to kick into gear. While a teaser trailer is presumably still months away, today we were treated to a glimpse of the much anticipated action movie. Vanity Fair debuted brand new images, as well as provided a synopsis for the upcoming adventure. Check it out:
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. 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.
This indicates that this movie will be a true hero’s journey, as we watch Croft’s character develop along with the action that we would expect from the video game series. So it would seem that she will learn about her inner heroism and incrementally grow into the icon and legend that has been in pop culture for the past two decades. Vikander also provided a statement expressing her enthusiasm for the character and project:
“When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. 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.”
It seems that this incarnation of Lara Croft will be much more grounded and modernized version of the adventurer. It should be noted that there is a vacuum in the adventure genre, which the Indiana Jones franchise used to occupy. It would only make sense for Croft to step up as the next cinematic explorer on film.
The movie is being directed by Roar Uthaug, who is little known in the States and also stars Dominic West (The Wire), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) and Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands). The cast is solid, albeit not really known to mainstream audiences. With the movie’s release still about a year away, there’s still a lot more to come.
Tomb Raider opens on March 16th, 2018.
Source: Vanity Fair