Revealed in a recent GQ interview with director Roar Uthaug, we get our first look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in MGM and Warner Bros.’ forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Along with the classic PlayStation games, fans of the franchise may remember Angelina Jolie’s take on the fearless heroine back in 2001 when the first movie adaptation debuted. This time around, however, the 28-year-old Swedish actress seems to be portraying a much grittier version of the artefact hunter. From what we gather, the new reboot will focus on Croft’s origin story and as Uthaug muses, “It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”
You can read an excerpt of GQ‘s interview with Uthaug below and can head over to the publication’s website to read the full conversation. Tomb Raider is slated for a 2018 theatrical release.
How far along are you in filming right now?
We are just wrapping up the South African portion of our location shoot and will proceed next to London.
Video game movies have a reputation for disappointing both critics and fans of the games. What will make your Tomb Raider different?
We drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.
Other than the Tomb Raider franchise, what are your influences for the new movie?
I’m inspired by other modern action movies as well as classic survival movies. And I’m also trying to bring some of my European sensibilities when it comes to character development. Striving to combine all of this into a rollercoaster of a movie.
Have you seen the two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie? If so, what do you think of them?
I’ve seen the films—they were a lot of fun and Angelina Jolie was a terrific Lara Croft. We are [making] a very different film, an origin story and I think fans will love Alicia in the role.
- GRAHAM BARTHOLOMEW