Tomb Raider reboot movie: First images of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft revealed!

By Melvyn Tan on Feb 7, 2017

Judging from the first crop of images of Sweudish actress Alicia Vikander as a young Lara Croft, it looks like we can expect at least an authentic-looking Lara from the Tomb Raider reboot movie.

Uploaded by the Daily Mail, the images show Vikander in action while in full-costume as Lara. Her outfit is more or less identical to the one worn by Lara in the 2013 video game reboot from Crystal Dynamics. The movie itself is based on that game, but the outfit similarity is unexpected, though not unwelcome. Let's just hope the movie itself contains enough authenticity.


 

The premise does mirror the game reboot's however. The movie's plot, as provided by IMDb, follows Lara as she "sets out on her first expedition to finish her father's archaeological research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name. Tragedy hits when her adventure turns into a fight for survival".

It sounds like we'll be seeing a grittier movie than the Angelina Jolie ones, and the images serve to further emphasize that notion. From climbing and hanging to running with her hands seemingly tied (or recently freed), Vikander looks like she's involved in some pretty intensive stuff, and the sweat more or less proves it. Guess we won't have to worry about the survival part of the movie, at least.

On the adventuring and tomb raiding side I wonder whether Yamatai will be part of the movie, though that feels unlikely to me for some reason. One of the characters is called Father Matthias Vogel however, which immediately brings the game reboot's Father Matthias to mind. He's played by Walter Goggins, while Lara's father Lord Richard Croft is played by Dominic West. Meanwhile, Daniel Wu - who portrayed Gul'dan in the WarCraft movie - will play a character called Alex Ren.  

Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug and slated for a 2018 release.

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A secretly eccentric college student who writes occasionally for Gamehubs. His gaming interests mostly involve shooting things, but also include sneaking around in sizeable environments, slashing at things and commanding glorious armies. He prefers his turn-based strategy games to involve miniatures and dice however, and his current favourite game is NieR: Automata.
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