Tomb Raider Movie Offers First Look at New Lara Croft

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While video game movie adaptations have often ended in disaster or disappointment, gamers are excited for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot. With the movie now in production, Warner Bros. has released the first details of the movie, along with the first photo of Alicia Vikander as Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft.

The shot of Ex Machina’s Vikander can be seen below, with Vikander’s Croft looking worn out and dirty in a dusty far-off land. Naturally, Croft has her trusty icepick with her, which in the games is used both for utility and as a weapon.

Those who have played the Tomb Raider reboot–generally considered to be one of the best video game reboots of all time–and its sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will see many similarities in the upcoming movie. According to Warner Bros., the feature film is heavily inspired by both games, and will serve as an origin story for Croft, much like 2013’s Tomb Raider.

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Additionally, it seems the director’s goal is to create an adaptation that’s much more believable and realistic than other video game movies. It will be interesting to see how the director is able to capture the adventure of the Tomb Raider series, while keeping the focus on realistic action.

As for the movie’s plot, Warner Bros. has released the below description of the Tomb Raider film:

"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."


Depending on the success of this film, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Warner Bros. carry on with a sequel or two. In fact, with the success of both Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider, it would be surprising to see Warner Bros. stop after a single movie, provided the first movie doesn’t have too dark of an ending.

Ultimately, if Vikander lives up to the role of Lara Croft and the movie includes plenty of exciting bow-and-arrow gameplay, there’s little doubt the Tomb Raider movie will be a success.

Warner Bros. Studios' Tomb Raider cinematic reboot is currently in production.

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