A new photo of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider shows the actress with, presumably, one of many weapons she’ll be wielding in the reboot.
This image, as well as the others that have been recently revealed, mark a distinct change from the film’s Angelina Jolie-starring predecessors. “We asked, ‘What are the famous traits of this person?’” Vikander recalled in an interview with Empire. “‘How can we demonstrate them in the story, but make her feel like a young woman in 2018?’
The publication also confirms that this movie is indeed a prequel to the Lara Croft we all know and love. She won’t be going on wild adventures after a missing artifact – well, not yet anyway. Instead, it’s a search for her father (played by Dominic West) that kick-starts her story. “She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, but we’ve stripped away all of her experience,” Vikander explained recently, “She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet. She thought he was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.”
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination — a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.
Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Dominic West as Lord Richard Croft, Walton Goggins as Father Mathias Vogel and Daniel Wu as Lu Ren. The reboot hits theaters March 16, 2018.
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