"Tomb Raider" Reboot Receives 2018 Release Date

The long-gestating "Tomb Raider" reboot has finally pinned down an exact release date -- March 16, 2018, according to MGM and Warner Bros. in a statement today.

After rumors briefly surfaced that "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" lead Daisy Ridley might don the iconic tank top and cargo shorts, it was announced in April that Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander ("The Danish Girl," "Ex Machina) would be taking the title role.

The movie, directed by Roar Uthaug ("The Wave"), is said to be largely influenced by the most recent video game releases in the series, 2013's "Tomb Raider" and 2015's "Rise of the Tomb Raider," which rebooted the franchise and took Lara back to her beginnings.

Lara Croft's last cinematic adaptation was 2003's "Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life," the second outing for original star Angelina Jolie. Dark Horse Comics is currently publishing an ongoing "Tomb Raider" comic book series from writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Phillip Sevy which also follows the game's rebooted continuity.

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