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So, somehow, I managed to completely forget that there was a Tomb Raider reboot in the works, and I also somehow missed every other piece of news covering the development of the movie as it works its way through the shooting and production process.
Somebody should shoot me I think.
I’ll try and regain some of that “Nerd-in-the-Know” mantra I’m always spewing out.
Following a 15 year absence from our screens, Warner Bros. is set to bring back everybody’s favourite archaeologist – sorry Indie – with a proposed release date around 16th March 2018.
Based on the more recent Tomb Raider video games released by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, the movie will avoid any references to the Angelina Jolie lead Tomb Raider movies from the early Naughties.
The new Lara, played by Alicia Vikander, will be at the very start of her adventuring lifestyle, and our heroine will be finding her feet, as it were.
Aesthetically, this Lara looks more akin to the recent video game iteration of the character – which is handy considering – and in one of the recent set photos (see above), she even has a climbing axe, much like she does as a primary weapon in said video games.
Even the landscapes look like they could be taken from the video games, as many set photos look like they take part in a jungle, or, in the most recent cases, besides the sea – a familiar place for anyone who played 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot.
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vikander mentioned how her character;
“has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits but we’ve stripped away all of her experience.
She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet.
She thought he (meaning Lara’s father, played by Dominic West) was a stuck up businessman living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information.
This is the beginning.”
The synopsis for the Tomb Raider movie reboot is as follows’
“Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier.
Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.
The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.”
Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Walton Goggins as Father Mathias Vogel, and Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, Warner Bros. aim to bring their reboot of Tomb Raider to cinemas around 16th March 2018.
I will definitely be keeping a more keen eye on this movie.
It somehow passed under my radar, but not anymore Miss Croft, not anymore!