It's been 14 years since Angelina Jolie concluded her tenure as the cinematic Lara Croft, but next year, we'll see Ex Machina's Alicia Vikander give her take on the adventurous archaeologist in the Tomb Raider reboot. With half a year to go until the blockbuster's release, and one day after the first poster dropped, Warner Bros has finally debuted the first trailer for the new theatrical adaptation of the popular video game series. Check it out!
Inspired by the 2013 Tomb Raider video game and its 2015 sequel, the new Tomb Raider movie will follow a younger and more inexperienced Lara Croft forced to put her skills to the test when she fights for survival on the island where her father supposedly disappeared. In addition to Alicia Vikander playing Lara, Tomb Raider's main cast includes Walton Goggins as Mathias Vogel, Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie, Daniel Wu as Lu Ren and Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft. The Wave's Roar Uthaug directed the feature, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet penned the screenplay.
While the Tomb Raider video games are packed with action, it wouldn't be a proper tale for Lara Croft without some mystery thrown in. For this reboot, Alicia Vikander's iteration of the heroine finds herself discovering clues left behind by her late father, who has tasked her from beyond the grave with tracking down a tomb called the Mother of Death. But as is usually the case with these kinds of stories, she's not the only one trying to find this prize. Her opponent is an organization known as Trinity, and upon reaching its island home, she'll have to work quickly to close the tomb before Trinity can reach it and put humanity at risk.
We'll have to wait and see how this new Tomb Raider movie compared to its Angelina Jolie-led predecessors, but going off this first trailer, it looks like all the basic elements from the video game series have thankfully been retained. This Lara may only just be getting her start adventuring, but she's clearly primed to deal with any obstacle or threat that comes her way, be it a bad guy trying to eliminate her or a plane wing collapsing under her as she runs. Throw in some ancient death traps, a "treasure" to be found and a lot of bullets, and this reboot looks like it could be one of the more entertaining cinematic offerings next spring. It's also most fortunate that Lara has Nick Frost to supply her with guns.