Since it was announced last year, all fans of the Tomb Raider franchise have probably been keen to get a quick look at Alicia Vikander’s portrayal as the action heroine Lara Croft. Our wishes have been heard and the first official images of next year’s Tomb Raider movie adaption have been given to us.
Just to get it out there, I’m not keen on game-to-movie adaptions. It’s extremely difficult to pull off and the two should just stick at what they do best. We saw Michael Fassbender take on his role in the negatively recieved Assassin’s Creed movie adaption, but now it’s his other half’s turn as Alicia Vikander will be taking up the leading role for next year’s Tomb Raider. Hopefully this will receive better reception, but I remain skeptical for now.
Vikander isn’t the first actress to take on the role of Lara Croft, as you may remember the Angelina Jolie adaptions back in 2001 and 2003. The upcoming film is based more on 2013’s reboot of Tomb Raider, and can only be an improvement from those early 2000’s catastrophes.
In this newer Tomb Raider universe, Croft is a 21-year-old working as a cycle courier in London while studying at college. Seven years after her father mysteriously vanished, she decides to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known destination – a fabled tomb on a mythical island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
I will admit, Vikander looks good in the role. She’s as visually close to the character in the game as you can get for an on-screen movie adaption without looking over the top, because let’s be honest – all us blokes initially showed interest in that game for one reason. The fact it’s genuinely good came after.