Could this be the one? The world has been patiently waiting for decades for Hollywood to get it’s act together and produce a video game movie that geeks and critics alike could be proud of. In the past there have been the rare successes, such as the Resident Evil franchise and the Angelina Jolie-led Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which proved to turn a profit. However, there are far more examples of high-profile failures like Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed that have fallen by the wayside. This hasn’t stopped Warner Bros from going back to mine what has worked in the past, with a reboot of Tomb Raider.
Academy Award winner, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), has been cast in the iconic role of Lara Croft for the upcoming reboot. The movie is based on the recent reworking of the video game series by Square Enix, that tells the origin story behind the adventurer. An untrained Croft finds herself shipwrecked on a deserted island occupied by murderous thieves, while also having to navigate the dangers of nature and gaining her trademark skills along the way.
The game and the upcoming movie look to differentiate themselves with a grittier, more realistic heroine. It’s clear that Vikander has put in her time in the gym and looks to have a dynamic physicality that might only be matched by Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Conner in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. The award-winning actress also has noted the work that was put in on the page and in her performance to give Croft a complete character arc. This movie will serve as an origin story for Lara Croft, so despite catching a glimpse of her trademark dual pistols, the safe money is on that scene being at the end of the movie.
Tomb Raider is directed by newcomer Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with a cast that includes Walter Goggins (The Hateful Eight), Dominic West (The Wire), and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz). Today, we get our first trailer that gives both gamers and the average movie fan enough reasons to keep this movie on their radar. The film seems to have adapted several elements from the video game, including recreating action set pieces and even the puzzle solving elements are given a nod. This looks like pure B-movie goodness and has a chance to surprise audiences this Spring. Check it out:
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
Tomb Raider opens on March 16th, 2018.