We all remember Angelina Jolie as gun wielding explorer Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider back in 2001 and then again reprising the role in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003. However, fans may be disappointed that we will not be seeing her in the Tomb Raider reboot that is expected to hit theaters in late 2017.
Alicia Vikander who is best known for her roles in The Danish Girl and The Man From U.N.C.L.E is set to play young Lara who has set out on an expedition to find her father. While speaking with HeyUGuys, producer Graham King said, “Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story.’ This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and I think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this,”
When Vikander was asked about taking on the iconic role she stated the film would be “based on the reboot of the game from 2013”. She then went on to say, “That is more of an origin story. You get into an emotional aspect of getting to know Lara hopefully in an in-depth way. So I hope that doing a film of the rebooted game will bring something new and fresh that’ll stand on its own two legs.”
In 1996 the video games series (which sold more than 35 million copies) first debuted for the original PlayStation. Since then there have been 14 more Tomb Raider games with 2013’s Tomb Raider and 2015’s Rise of Tomb Raider featuring a younger, less experienced Lara Croft exploring the world in the search for treasure.
Director Roar Uthaug gave praise to the 2013 game and went on to say that his movie will try and do something similar. “I think making Lara Croft feel like a real human being, that’s definitely something we want to bring to the big screen as well,” he said. “I think we’ll want to make people relate to Lara as a character. I’m hoping to bring some of my Norwegian sensibilities to the franchise.”
Be sure to keep a look out for the new Tomb Raider reboot coming out late 2017!
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