Just like the video game franchise it's based on, this 'Tomb Raider' is a reboot of the one that came before and instead of meeting Lara Croft as the ready made heroine that Angelina Jolie played, we're getting a brutal origin story that still has all the same elements you expect.
Like Jolie, Vikander came to the project with an Oscar in the back pocket which, we imagine, led to a sizeable cheque being cut for her involvement. And by the looks of the first trailer, she's earned every penny of if for the stunt-heavy action demands the film is placing on her.
And while it does look very video game set piece-y right now, fingers crossed there's a bit more grit underneath.
Here's the official synopsis:
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. 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.
'Tomb Raider' is set for release in Irish cinemas on March 16th, 2018.