For many fans of the franchise, Angelina Jolie will always be the definitive big-screen Lara Croft. However, there’s a Tomb Raider reboot scheduled to hit cinemas next year, and now Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for the project.
A full trailer for the Tomb Raider will drop tomorrow, but for now there’s just a fifteen-second glimpse of what’s in store. We see plenty of action, and get our best look yet at how Alicia Vikander looks as the iconic heroine. Unsurprisingly, it seems that the tone is a lot closer to the recent video game reboot than that of the previous movies.
We see Lara sprinting through the jungle, readying her bow, and even doing a bit of tomb raiding, from the looks of it. The final few seconds of the clip focus on Croft avoiding some deathtraps, which seems to suggest that she’ll be engaging in some action archaeology in the upcoming movie.
— Tomb Raider (@TombRaiderMovie) September 18, 2017
We already know that the movie will offer up an origin story for Croft, inspired by the version we saw in the 2013 title developed by Crystal Dynamics. A quick glimpse of a scene where Lara falls into the crashing waves of a body of water seems to suggest that it’ll feature some of the same brutality that made that game an occasionally queasy experience.
It’s also interesting to see just how quickly the bow has become the character’s weapon of choice, having been introduced in the 2013 reboot. Not only is Lara wielding it in multiple scenes selected for the teaser, it’s a prominent part of the poster.
Movies based on video games don’t have a great reputation — there have been far more disappointments than adaptations that have worked well. However, Tomb Raider has the advantage of a strong cast featuring the likes of Walton Goggins and Dominic West, and a script from Geneva Robertson-Dworet, whose next project is superhero tentpole Captain Marvel.
The jury is still out, but here’s hoping that Tomb Raider will be able to break the cycle, or at least live up to earlier efforts to adapt the character. We’ll know more about what to expect when the full trailer lands tomorrow.
Either way, it seems clear that Warner Bros. expects the reboot to kickstart a franchise. The studio is using the tagline ‘her legend begins,’ and Hitman: Codename 47 producer Adrian Askarieh has even hinted that Square-Enix might bring all its properties together under the same cinematic universe.
Tomb Raider is scheduled to hit theaters on March 16, 2018.