Warner Bros. has unveiled the first trailer for Tomb Raider, the upcoming video game adaptation starring Alicia Vikander as ass-kicking adventurer Lara Croft.
The new take on the classic video game heroine offers up an origin story for Croft, a 21-year-old independent woman who uncovers a message from her long-missing father that sends her on a mission to a mythical island. She soon finds herself shipwrecked on the island, facing a precarious environment and a mysterious militant organisation known as Trinity. And for good measure, “the fate of humanity” now rests in her hands.
Following disappointment after disappointment when it comes to big-screen video game adaptations, you can’t be blamed for being a little wary with any new film that comes along based on a beloved gaming property. While Angelina Jolie was fine as Croft, the two films simply weren’t very good, at least in this writer’s opinion. Will this one deliver? One can only hope.
It’s a solid, if decidedly safe trailer, showcasing a confident, physical performance from Oscar winner Vikander, the usually reliable Walton Goggins as the villain, and plenty of action. The 2013 video game is a clear influence, which makes the most sense since that’s been perhaps the most cinematic game in the series and nicely sets up the character for a future franchise. Fingers crossed all goes well here; after so many lacklustre adaptations, including Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft from last year, we really need a winning video game movie for once.
The Wave helmer Roar Uthaug directs from a screenplay by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who’s also attached to Captain Marvel, Gotham City Sirens, Sherlock Holmes 3 and a new Dungeons & Dragons picture.
Tomb Raider, also starring Dominic West and Daniel Wu, arrives in Australia on March 15 and opens in the US on March 16.
Official synopsis for Tomb Raider:
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.