The "Tomb Raider" video game franchise has entertained fans for two decades, inspiring sequels and spinoffs, as well as films, an animated series and comic books. And with a live-action reboot in the works, Lara Croft shows no signs of losing steam anytime soon.
For the Warner Bros. film, Alicia Vikander ("Ex Machina," "Jason Bourne") steps into the iconic role as the archaeologist-adventurer for what she describes as "more of an origin story."
"I hadn’t played the new rebooted game ... now I have and now it’s quite different," the actress told Collider while promoting "The Light Between Oceans." "They kind of rebooted the game and it visually looks quite different...it’s more of an origin story."
Vikander's comments indicate the new film will follow a younger version of Lara Croft, as opposed to the previous movies where the character's adventures were centered on a heroine already at the top of her game. With the track record of video game movies, this direction might be a welcome change, as it can open up a whole new set of doors.
The actress shared that she was a fan of the original games, noting Lara Croft was "the real first protagonist I had seen in a video game at that point." And, of course, she understands what it means to step into the role. "Angelina Jolie made her into an icon," Vikander explained. "So it’s cool to try to step into the shoes and we’re hoping to make something that will hopefully will be fresh and new."
Having starred in this summer's "Jason Bourne," Vikander is no stranger to jumping into a popular franchise. Asked about starring in one of the most beloved video game franchises of all time, the actress was excited by the prospect of bringing a new Lara Croft to audiences.
"For me it’s really all about the filmmaker, and then of course the character and the story," Vikander said. "I find that — big blockbuster movies, I grew up with, and some of them I love, and I think the thrill of being part of making one myself would be extraordinary."
"Tomb Raider" will hit theaters on March 16, 2018.