Although Assassin’s Creed wasn’t the hit that many had hoped for, many movie fans and video game fanatics have their eyes (and wallets!) focused on the next big video game movie, a Tomb Raider reboot confirmed for a March 2018 release. While many production details have still yet to be confirmed, they already began shooting in places like South Africa and the United Kingdom last January of this year. The reboot is under the expertise and direction of Norwegian film director Roar Uthaug whose previous directorial work includes The Wave and Escape; and it will be a production of Warner Brothers and MGM.
Tomb Raider and its effect in the popular culture
The popularity of this franchise has affected many popular culture and it has been embedded in the consciousness of a true 90s kid. While many Tomb Raider vinyl figures can be bought in local shops, you can also play a very popular online Tomb Raider slot game if you consider yourself a true fan of the franchise.
Today we will be providing you with the juiciest information fresh from our sources on what is going on about the upcoming reboot of Ms. Lara Croft.
Starring in the reboot is Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft whose most recent appearance in Hollywood was on The Danish Girl, earning herself a much acclaimed Best Supporting Actress in the Academy Awards. Several photos on Twitter have shown Vikander to be doing some stunts on set. It appears that she would be doing most of her own stunts, which is truly an exciting and brave feat as Tomb Raider is known for its death-defying moves, combat tactics, and stunts. An accomplished ballerina, Vikander is sure to find these stunts to be easy as she has he physical endurance and stamina to do these things.
While reports have yet to be confirmed about the story and path it is going to take, Angelina Jolie (the actress who played in the original movie) has left a big shoes to fill for the 28-year-old Swedish Oscar winner.
Although Vikander is no longer a stranger in the silver screen, she still keeps on making waves in the Hollywood scene. Over the past years, she has starred in Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, with another upcoming projects like The Light Between Oceans with Rachel Weisz and Michael Fassbender, Jason Bourne with Julia Stiles and Matt Damon, and Tulip Fever with Christoph Waltz and Judy Dench.
Lord Richard Craft
It has also been announced, and later confirmed, that Dominic West will also be starring in the reboot as Lara’s father, Lord Richard Croft and will play a really important role in the movie. Dominic West has risen to stardom for his movies like The Wire, 300, The Affair, and Genius.
As stated in previous reports that circulated the Internet, Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) was also considered heavily for the role as Lara Croft, but the Star Wars franchise have been keeping her hands full and her schedule could no longer entertain another project as big as Tomb Raider.
Vikander has proven time and again that she could fit into any role given to her if she put her heart into it: from old school drama to romance to sci-fi. Changing roles, along with the demands that come it, Vikander was successful in bring every character to life with so much poise and ease. That is why she easily became one of the most sought-after star in Hollywood as of the moment. This means a lot to the Tomb Raider franchise.
Variety has also reported that Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu was getting cast with Vikander as Lu Ren, a “ship captain whose partnership with Lara Croft will eventually help her on finding her father.” While this line is seemingly too short to read between the lines and uncover its plot, we can then expect a lot of fight scenes in the sea as it includes a sea voyage with another talented Hollywood actor.
It has also been confirmed that Walter Goggins will play an important role in the reboot as Vikander’s nemesis after negotiations of the roles were fully finalized in December. Goggins, already considered a veteran in the industry, is well-loved and hated for his powerful roles in Sons of Anarchy, Justified, and in HBO’s new series Vice Principals. He has also appeared in movies like Mojave and The Hateful Eight.
The Plot (so far)
This Tomb Raider reboot film is said to have been using most of the storylines from the most recent video games, which means we will be seeing more of a younger Lara Croft and her first journeys in the unknown. Fans of the franchise have waited more than 10 years or a decade to see another Tomb Raider film in the big screen. The wait is going to be worth it, as around the same time next year, cinemas will be packed with moviegoers watching how much has changed about their heroine back in the 90s.
About three weeks ago, it has been announced by Tomb Raider publisher Square Enix that they are partnering with Deux Ex dev Eidos Montreal and Crystal Dynamics will be developing a new game about the Avengers. Rumor has it that the next installment in the Tomb Raider video game series is entitled Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but it has yet to be confirmed.
Do you have fond memories of the Tomb Raider games you had played as a kid? Do you miss it? Are you excited for the reboot film starring Alicia Vikander? Or do you think Angelina Jolie is the better Lara Croft? We would love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below. Tomb Raider arrives in theaters on March 16, 2018.