Alicia Vikander Brings Lara Croft to Life in New Tomb Raider Images

first_imgMuch like the video game series, the Tomb Raider movie franchise will soon be rebooted. Director Roar Uthaug has shared the first images of Oscar-winning actress, Alicia Vikander, as Lara Croft. Donning a pick axe along with a bow and quiver, Vikander is the splitting image of the iconic video game heroine.This new Tomb Raider movie will be heavily influenced by the rebooted game. As you can tell from the images, Vikander is playing the younger, less-experienced Lara Croft from 2013’s Tomb Raider. Just like in the game, Lara becomes stranded on a mysterious island near Japan. Instead of traveling for adventure, Lara’s trip was motivated by a need to find her father, who she believes is on this previously uncharted island.“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,” reads the movie’s official synopsis. “If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”As for what will make Tomb Raider stand out from other (failed) video game movies, director Uthaug told GQ that his team “drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”Speaking to Vanity Fair via e-mail, Vakinder talked about what it means to play Lara Croft. “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.”As for how closely the movie will follow the 2013 game, Uthaug told GQ that the “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.”Video game movies don’t exactly have a great track record. Hopefully, this new Tomb Raider movie will finally break the curse. If the film manages to capture the spirit of the latest games, then we could be in for something special.Tomb Raider will be released in movie theaters on March 16, 2018.last_img read more