Finally! Production is finally and officially underway on the long-in-development Tomb Raider reboot over at Warner Bros., and we now have our first (unofficial) look! To get fans excited for this video game reboot, WB stole Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander away from her usual period piece dramas for a turn in the action adventure genre. Following her breakout performance in Alex Garland’s phenomenal sci-fi thriller Ex Machina and her work for Tom Hooper in The Danish Girl that nabbed her a golden statue, Vikander has blown up and become an A-list name, resulting in a very exciting video gam reboot.
Most will hear the name Lara Croft of Tomb Raider and immediately think of Angelina Jolie and her time as the treasure hunter, Vikander looks to change that conversation. Where Jolie’s version focused on a veteran Croft at the top of her game, this reboot is said to focus on a younger Croft who is just learning to become the tomb raider. And again, something I can’t emphasize enough, having Vikander portray this version of the character couldn’t be more perfect.
The Wave director Roar Uthaug is behind the camera for WB’s reboot and alongside Vikander, the adaptation stars Walter Goggins as the villainous Father Mathias Vogel, Daniel Wu as ship captain Lu Ren, and Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, father of Lara Croft (previously played by Jon Voight).
While Vikander has been at the center of some of the most critically acclaimed (Oscar nominated) films of the last few years, this is her first leading role in a big-budget studio movie. She’s gotten her feet wet before, as she was one of the many bright spots in the shockingly underrated The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and was arguably the co-lead to Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in Paul Greengrass’ Jason Bourne from last summer. And while her talent is undeniable, maybe more than anyone, is that enough to save what’s been a very rough road for video game movies?
2016 was suppose to be the year for video game movies, with Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed poised to be something more than a cheesy movie version of the video game, but ultimately failed miserably with both reviews and box-office results. And that was with very strong talent in front of and behind the camera. Will Tomb Raider break the curse? I can no longer say “everything on paper points to a yes!” Instead I’ll end with a hopefully.
Until we find out with a look at the trailer and/or the movie when it’s released, get a preview with a batch of on set photos from a few Vikander fan Twitter handles, which show Vikander’s Croft in her signature outfit that’s almost identical to the one from the game story the reboot is based on. What do you think? How does Vikander look in the role? What kind of excitement do you have for the reboot? Tomb Raider is set to hit theaters on March 16th, 2018.