Tomb Raider First Look: Check Out Alicia Vikander As Lara Croft

Much like how the Tomb Raider video game series experienced a rebirth back in 2013, the movie series centered around Lara Croft is getting its own reboot soon. Alicia Vikander has inherited the role once held by Angelina Jolie, and after a few months of principal photography and some set photos being leaked online, the new Tomb Raider movie has finally released the first official photos of the Ex Machina star as the adventurous archaeologist.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft wielding piece of driftwood on beach

Compared to a lot of video games characters, Lara Croft doesn't have a complicated wardrobe, so it's easy enough to transform Alicia Vikander into a Lara Croft who jumped straight from a Tomb Raider video game to the big screen. Her hair is done back, she's wearing the tank top and cargo pants, one of her arms is bandaged and she's extremely fit. In other words, she looks just like we'd want Lara Croft to look! As for what's going on in this picture, Vikander's Lara appears like she's getting ready to defend herself against an unseen foe using a piece of driftwood, an improvised weapon of which there is often plenty in supply on a beach.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft with bow and arrow

In this second official Tomb Raider photo, Lara looks even more like her video game counterpart, as she's now armed with the bow and arrows, and is wielding that blade in her left hand. Overall, Alicia Vikander is presented as a near-perfect doppelgänger of the Lara Croft who is currently gracing the video games, so props to the crew of the upcoming movie for the good work on her costuming, makeup, etc.

Although Tomb Raider video games have been coming out since 1996, the new movie will be primarily be based on the 2013 video game relaunch, which, like the new movie, was simply titled Tomb Raider, like the 1996 that started it all. No specific plot details have been revealed yet, but according to director Roar Uthaug in an interview with GQ, this will be an origin story showing Lara at a time when she still "hasn't yet found her way and her place in the world." Along with Alicia Vikander as the main protagonist, Tomb Raider's cast includes Walter Goggins as Father Mathias Vogel, the movie's main villain; Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Lara's dead father; and Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, a ship captain who will assist Lara on her journey.

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018. Let us know what you think of Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft look in the comments below, and make sure to check out our movie schedule to find out what major blockbusters are coming in 2017.

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