Earlier this year we were delighted to hear that Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (The Light Between Oceans) had been cast as Lara Croft in Paramount’s 2018 Tomb Raider reboot. Following on from director/actor Angelina Jolie, whose last portrayal of the character was in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), fans are hoping to see Vikander’s take on the character developed similarly to recent video games, which have rightfully moved away from the somewhat over-sexualised version of previous years.
Vikander will be working under the direction of Roar Uthaug (The Wave) who has very much proved himself able to put together some beautiful shots and create convincing tension. Hopefully, the film will draw more on the games’ puzzle-solving, and piece together some spectacular set pieces as Lara Croft navigates her way to the treasure, or in this case a long-lost relative..
In a new report from HeyUGuys, producer Graham King revealed that the film’s story will follow Croft as she searches for her father:
“Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and i think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and i think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this”.
The idea of returning Croft to a younger age and following her as she learns the ropes is definetly the right way to go with the reboot, and so King’s comments are very encouraging.
Following her rapid rise to fame, 28-year-old Vikander has had all of us waiting to see which projects she’ll line up next, and one would assume that she could be as choosy as she wants to be at this point. That’s why it’s exciting that she would pick Tomb Raider, of all, as a potential property to launch her own franchise, something that many perfomers of her calibre are doing at the moment.
Tomb Raider is scheduled for release in 2018