The Tomb Raider film is being shot right now, and here’s a peek at the new Lara Croft.
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is playing Lara Croft in 2018’s cinematic reboot, and here’s a first look at her in the role.
The synopsis describes Lara as “the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.”
“Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.”
“Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.
“But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. 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.”
Talking to GQ, director Roar Uthaug describes how this video game adaptation draws on the entire Tomb Raider canon, and “not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”
The film is more along the lines of Crystal Dynamics’ reboot, with Lara starting out on her journey towards becoming the Tomb Raider we’ve become so well-acquainted with.
“That game was certainly part of what inspired our film. I think fans will be delighted to discover many touchstones from the game throughout the story.
“At the same time, this is not the kind of video game adaptation you often see, with a lot of CGI and effects. Our movie takes a more realistic, grounded approach. Lara Croft is a hero and a champion but she is not a superhero. She is very much human, and we see her deal with that humanity in many ways.”
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