Angelina Jolie is no longer the sole holder of the Tomb Raider title in cinema as we now have the first official image of Alicia Vikander in the role of the iconic video game character.
Up until now, Angelina Jolie was the sole holder of the Tomb Raider mantle in cinema, with 2 movies as the iconic Lara Croft. We now have Alicia Vikander taking the helm for the latest reboot of the franchise, which comes a couple of years after the reboot of the games as well with 2013's Tomb Raider.
We now have the first image to come from the movie showing Vikander in the scruffy and beaten-up look of Lara Croft, so let's take a look.
The image doesn't reveal anything more that the look we expected from this movie. Croft in a tank-top looking like she's had the Monday of all Mondays, armed with her classic bow. Note the right leg stood at a sharp 45 degree angle, I'm sure that's very important her the character development.
The epically-named Roar Uthaug is in the directors chair for this adaptation, best known for 2015's The Wave, Norway's official submission to the 88th Oscars which, sadly, was not nominated. The film will focus on Lara Croft's first adventure, after she refused to inherit her deceased father's business empire she goes off to investigate what actually happened to him at his last known location - a tomb off the coast of Japan. What's that? A tomb? In need of raider? Well, hot damn!
Vikander spoke to Variety about the film, "When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited – Lara Croft is a truly iconic character," Vikander tells the magazine. "I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits – tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It's a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill."
Everyone will remember Vikander as the winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Danish Girl and for her role in the incredible sci-fi Ex Machina. I am personally a big fan of her work so far and I'm hoping that she will bring to the table a performance that will help finally create the video game-to-film adaptation that the world so sorely needs. We had Fassbender give a real good go at Assassin's Creed which didn't quite land it's leap of faith, so all eyes are on Vikander and Uthaug. Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Alexandre Willaume are also on board alongside Vikander.
Tomb Raider is scheduled to raid cinemas 16th March 2018.