In 2001, video game adventurer Lara Croft was brought to life. At that time, the only woman that could fill out her curvaceous pixels was rising superstar Angelina Jolie. Jolie starred in two live-action films as the Tomb Raider but her adventures have not graced the silver screen since 2003. The Tomb Raider games have had a resurgence in popularity in a reboot that shows Lara Croft’s origins before becoming the legend we all know and love.
That sounds like a great place to reboot the film series, right?
Alicia Vikander takes over the role as a young Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer. She must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. Based on the trailer, it looks as thought Lara is looking to rejoin the company her father founded (Batman Begins inspiration?) in order to find him. Most of the action takes place on a jungle covered island, akin to the rebooted game series. I found the rebooted game to be very grounded and enjoyable so let’s hope that it translates well onto the big screen. And having an Oscar winner isn’t a bad choice to play the lead role.
Tomb Raider will come to theaters on March 16, 2018.