Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander is set to lead a Tomb Raider reboot, one set to focus on the video game heroine’s roots.
Whispers have been flying every which way about what angle this new movie’s plot would take, and whether or not the film would take into account the two Angelina Jolie-starring chapters that came before. Well, perhaps a sigh of relief is in order for those that didn’t particularly like the Jolie adaptations: the reset button is being pressed.
Producer Graham King, who’s also behind the upcoming Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard period thriller Allied, has confirmed that the new Lara Croft movie will be an origin tale. To be specific, we’ll be following a young Croft – prior to becoming the kick-ass Tomb Raider we all love – on a mission to save a family member.
“Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’,” King told the folks over at HeyUGuys. “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.”
It sounds as though the new movie, which is simply titled Tomb Raider, will be taking page out of the acclaimed 2013 video game. The game was also a reboot of sorts, giving us a Croft that grows from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor when she and her friends find themselves on a mysterious island.
Directing Tomb Raider is Norwegian helmer Roar Uthaug, known for the 2015 disaster film The Wave. The screenplay has been penned by newcomer Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who’s also attached to the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons reboot and Robert Downey Jr’s next Sherlock Holmes movie.
Tomb Raider is scheduled for US release on March 16, 2018.