An icon of video games for generations, Lara Croft‘s distinct character and architectural adventures show no sign of losing any popularity, having become of the world’s best selling game franchises after selling 58 million copies worldwide. In 2018, the Tomb Raider series is due to get its second movie adaptation, with Alicia Vikander taking over the role from Angelina Jolie’s 2001 incarnation. The new version is said to be based on the 2013 video game reboot of the franchise, with Walter Goggins as the movie’s villain, Daniel Wu as a companion for Lara Croft and Dominic West as her deceased father.
The new movie comes after a number of less than successful movie adaptations of video games, so if it does well it could be a significant turning point for the new movies planned for the near future. As video game storytelling gets increasingly better, there is more and more pressure for their movie counterparts to be top quality – and too many are not reaching the bar.
Between Assassin’s Creed and World of Warcraft, it is understandable that a lot of gamers don’t have high hopes for seeing their favourite playable characters on the big screen any more.
The new movie is said to be very chracter-driven, exploring the young Lara Croft’s past as she tries to get over the mysteries it has piled upon her. A plot synopsis published by Vanity Fair hints at the kind of challenges she’ll face in the story:
“Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who, against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit, must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”
In the same piece, Vanity Fair also revealed the first look at Vikander as Lara Croft, in the familiar tattered tank top and braced for battle.
Though it doesn’t give much away – and that synopsis doesn’t even give very much information about the main conflict in the movie – it certainly provides a lot to speculate about. The mysterious setting and the faceless villain are sure to keep fans interested until the studio gives us something more to chew over.