The Tomb Raider video game franchise began in 1996, and in the two decades since there have been many sequels and iterations of the adventure game series featuring heroine Lara Croft, as well as two major motion pictures starring Angelina Jolie. After the well-received reboot of the video game series from 2013, now Hollywood is looking to revamp the film version of this franchise by going a similar route.
As previously announced, Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is the new Lara Croft, with Roar Uthaug behind the director’s chair. Vikander now had more to say about that and what it could mean for her character.
During an interview with Collider concerning her upcoming film The Light Between Oceans, Vikander spoke about the prospect of signing on to lead a big franchise:
“With these big films… for me it’s really all about the filmmaker, and then of course the character and the story. I find that — big blockbuster movies, I grew up with, and… I think the thrill of being part of making one myself would be extraordinary. But it also comes down to, I met Roar and I’d seen The Wave and a few of his other Norwegian films and it’s with the kind of chance to make this story now, based on the rebooted game which is more of an origin story.
“You could intervene hopefully a great story and a great arc and then within that, have a very entertaining adventure film, which I loved growing up. And I played the game when I was a kid [laughs]. It was really the real first protagonist I had seen in a video game at that point. And of course Angelina Jolie made her into an icon. 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.”
As poor as the track record with video game movies is, it is promising to know there is good thought going into this upcoming reboot of the film series and solid talent attached. It’s encouraging to see a major studio putting a big budget behind an adventure film in the hope of creating something comparable to Indiana Jones for a franchise with a female lead.
Of course, this is still a video game movie. 2016 has already seen a couple of attempts to break the curse,with Warcraft and The Angry Birds Movie, and hope currently seems to lie with the upcoming Assassin’s Creed, starring Vikander’s Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender.
Time will tell, and surely fans will have to eventually get a video game movie that is truly great.
Tomb Raider will arrive in theaters on March 16, 2018.