Get ready for a brand new star of “Tomb Raider.” Stepping aside as Lara Croft is Angelina Jolie and she is replaced by Alicia Vikander, who starred in such films as “Ex-Machina,” “The Danish Girl,” and “Jason Bourne.” The Swedish actress steps into the role of everybody’s favorite antiquities hunter, but the latest installment of the franchise will feature a younger Lara Croft to show how she became the superstar archaeologist seen in other “Tomb Raider” movies and video games. This latest movie is an adaptation of the 2013 Square Enix video game. On Monday, the poster and the teaser trailer for the reboot of “Tomb Raider” were released and it definitely shows promise.
Here’s the official synopsis for “Tomb Raider:”
“Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death. Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. 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.”
Previously, Jon Voight played the role of Lara Croft’s father, but in the new movie it will be Dominic West, who you may recognize from “300” and “The Wire.” The film will be directed by Norwegian Roar Uthaug, who helmed the movie “The Wave.” The movie also stars Daniel Wu, who is seen on AMC’s “Into the Badlands,” as well as Walton Goggins, known for his roles in “The Hateful Eight” and “Vice Principals.” Goggins will star as the villain and is excited about the movie.
“I’m just so excited about it! I’m such a big fan of Alicia and this director, Roar [Uthaug]. Quite honestly, the script feels like it’s already been in the world, in some ways. The structure and the foundation of this story is so solid and so interesting. It’s so unbelievably entertaining, and yet it’s real in the journey that it takes you on. And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I’m just looking forward to getting in his head. I’m really, really, really excited about it.”
We are expected to get the first full-length trailer on Tuesday, until then here are some behind-the-scenes photos of Alicia Vikander in “Tomb Raider.” “Tomb Raider” crashes into theaters on March 16, 2018.