Square Enix’s 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider video game franchise was a massive success, both critically and commercially, and will now be the basis for next year’s return to the big screen. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander stars as 21-year-old Lara Croft, undergoing her first adventure as she explores a remote island off the coast of Japan in search of clues to her father’s disappearance.
Check out the first Tomb Raider trailer right here.
Vikander certainly looks the part here, and the overall aesthetic is a dead ringer for the video game. But there’s also a lot of slow-motion and CG that I don’t really care for, and I’m hoping the gritty tone that made the more recent games so exciting doesn’t get lost in translation here.
Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), and featuring a cast that also includes Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas, Tomb Raider is scheduled to open on March 16, 2018.
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.