Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander is the sexy ass-kicker

BY: Zak Wojnar

Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider, is one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Way back in 1996, the very first Tomb Raider video game was released for the Sony PlayStation, and a legend was born. In those days, Lara was more of an escapist pin-up than the rugged survivor we know and love today, but her character was slowly formed as the sequels wore on, ultimately establishing her as something of a female James Bond/Indiana Jones archetype.

In 2001, the character first made the leap to the big screen with director Simon West‘s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie as the titular (pun intended) heroine. The film remains the highest-grossing video game-based movie at the domestic box office, with an impressive-for-the-time $274 million global haul. A sequel followed, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life, but that film failed to impress at the box office, and the film series was shelved. Meanwhile, the video games were rebooted with 2006’s Tomb Raider: Legend.

The series was rebooted (re-rebooted?) again in 2013, with a darker and grittier entry, simply called Tomb Raider. This new game focused on a young and inexperienced Lara, with voice and performance capture work by Camilla Luddington of Grey’s Anatomy. This is the entry upon which the new film is based.

Basically, it’s a reboot of the film series which is based on a reboot of the game series. Got it?

Alicia Vikander, hot off her Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl, is starring as Lara. Like in the 2013 game, Lara’s boat is shipwrecked on a mysterious island in the South Pacific, and she must use all her skills and tenacity to survive its myriad dangers. Walton Goggins (Vice Principals) co-stars as the mysterious leader of a cult of dangerous survivors who inhabit the island, Dominic West (The Affair) plays Lara’s late father, Richard, and Kristen Scott Thomas (The English Patient) plays the enigmatic boss of Trinity, a secret society aiming to scoop up powerful artifacts from across the globe.

Hopes are high that Tomb Raider can be the film which finally cracks the code to making a successful film based on a game. Based on the trailer, the movie aims to forge its own path while keeping in mind the elements which made the original interactive art so successful in the first place. Plus, as leading ladies go, they don’t come more charismatic (or downright gorgeous) as Alicia Vikander.

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.