For years, we've been threatened with a Tomb Raider reboot. It's finally happening, with Alicia Vikander in the title role as Lara Croft, a character previously played on the big screen by Angelina Jolie. This upcoming remake isn't anything like that previous adaptation of the video game though. Producer Graham King is finally talking about some of the finer details. And he's revealed the main gist of the story.
In an exclusive interview with HeyUGuys, King finally opened up about his plans for this incoming video game restarter, which hits the big screen in 2018. But what he says doesn't entirely make sense. The story will reportedly focus on the 'young' Lara Croft as she goes searching for her dad. It will take the character back to her roots. Only problem, it's not like Alicia Vikander is a kid, or even a teenager.
Alicia Vikander is currently 28 years old. And she'll probably turn 29 during production. Angelina Jolie was 25 when she shot her first Lara Croft movie. So it seems strange that they're attempting to make this the 'younger' version of Croft. Graham King says this about the current iteration of the script.
"This is kind of what we call a back to the roots story. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that's what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and I think we've got the right crew and a great director."
Roar Uthaug, who directed the indie thriller The Wave, was hired in March to direct Tomb Raider. King's comments about the movie tie into previous comments from both his leading lady and his director. Vikander had previously stated that this remake would be an adaptation of the 2013 video game reboot. It is supposed to be more of an origin story than the previous two films. And Lara is set to be a much more emotional and in-depth character this time around.
Uthaug would later confirm that the movie was indeed based on the 2013 version of the game, pulling forth some of its best assets. He wants to make Lara Croft feel like a 'real human being'. He also plans to make the character relatable. Hopefully he succeeds in that. Still, it feels odd to call this the young version of Lara Croft when Angelina was younger when she first played the role.
At this time, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider remains the highest grossing live-action video game movie of all time in the U.S. The follow-up Cradle of Life wasn't as well-received, and a third movie starring Angelina Jolie never moved forward. Partly because Jolie was reluctant to revisit the character a third time. The new Tomb Raider will arrive just in time for spring break 2018.