At long last, fans can finally witness Alicia Vikander as gaming’s leading lady, Lara Croft. On Monday, the film’s Twitter account tweeted the film’s premier poster, which captured a very vascular Vikander looking as if she’d been viciously attacked at a Black Friday sale. The image is already being criticized by the internet. After the poster, the account published a 15-second teaser of the film along with a message assuring fans “The #TombRaider movie trailer drops tomorrow.” Early Wednesday morning, the trailer was available.
Based on the trailer, the film follows a young and callow Croft investigating her father’s mysterious disappearance. Her impolitic curiosity (and turbulent weather) leads the budding archeologist to his last-known location: an enigmatic tomb on an island near Japan where Croft’s quest for truth becomes a fight for her life.
The plot is starkly similar to that of Tomb Raider: A Hero is Born, the franchise’s tenth and perhaps most iconic game. The title retells Croft’s origins after developer Crystal Dynamics took over and gutted the franchise. The studio was hired because the game’s previous titles had become progressively disappointing. It was a smart decision. The reboot became the best-selling title in the franchise’s history, selling 8.5 million units. It also set a record for launch and first-month sales.
Now, it appears 2018’s Tomb Raider, directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, is hoping its reboot will do the same for the films. It shouldn’t be too difficult a task, as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life (2003) starring Angelina Jolie didn’t sit well with critics or fans due largely to lousy scripts. Jolie, however, was generally applauded for the role.
Vikander is aware of Croft’s legacy and what’s at stake. The 28-year old told Vanity Fair “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.”
In the film, Croft tries to find herself by connecting her future to her past. “She has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass,” the Swedish actress quips. “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.”
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See Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider here.
Or check her out on the film’s official poster.