Warner Bros. Pictures released new images from the set of “Tomb Raider” today, a film that will follow the same gritty character design that was present in the rebooted video-game franchise. The studio also confirmed a few details of the story, which will focus on a new adventure, with a new Lara Croft.
After her breakout role in “EX Machina” in 2014, Alicia Vikander went on to make “The Danish Girl,” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”. The Oscar-winning actor will be following up her success in those films by taking a lead-role in the reboot of the popular “Tomb Raider” franchise, starring as the iconic Lara Croft.
The story will pick-up seven years after Croft’s father suddenly disappeared. Now 21, Lara Croft is working as a bike-messenger in London. Still the heir to a billion-dollar Croft empire, Lara has cast aside her role in the business, and is attending school on her own. In the film, Lara begins to investigate her father’s disappearance, and that leads her to a small island off the coast of Japan.
Two “Tomb Raider” films were released in the past, the first in 2001 and a follow-up in 2003. In those films, Angelina Jolie starred as Lara Croft. The two films grossed over $430M for the studio.
Warner Bros. Pictures teased the film stating, “Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”
The film itself was directed by Roar Uthaug, also featured in the film are Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu.
“Tomb Raider” is set to release in theaters on March 16, 2018.