Tomb Raider Reboot: Graham King on Why It is Better than Angelina Jolie’s Version

Tomb Raider reboot plot details have been revealed by film producer Graham King. Find out why actress Alicia Vikander’s version of Lara Croft might be better than Angelina Jolie’s.

As the era of film and television series reboot emerges, a film based on a popular video game will take its chance on the booming trend. Tomb Raider will be rebooted, starring lady protagonist Lara Croft will grace the big screens again about two years from now.

An Origin Story

Since the Tomb Raider game has been rebooted, producer Graham King wondered why not do it in the film also? The first movie came out back in 2001, which launched Angelina Jolie’s career in the action category.

The reboot will feature the 28-year-old Ex-Machina and The Danish Girl actress Alicia Vikander. The actress spilled some beans on her version of the movie as posted by Collider.

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According to Vikander, her experience playing with the rebooted version of Tomb Raider will help her play the character Lara Croft. She describes being part of the film made iconic by Jolie as “extraordinary.”

The Tomb Raider reboot will serve as a “prequel” of the previous two films. Producer Graham King backed up Vikander’s statement with, “Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots’ story.’”

Vikander will play the younger Lara Croft with a much deeper mission in life: to find if her father is dead or alive. The producer also teases that the film will have more emotional elements to it since someone beloved to Lara is involved.

Tomb Raider, 20 Adventurous Years Of Lara Croft

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Lara Croft, the central character of the highly popular Tomb Raider series, completed 20 glorious years of chasing adventures this year. In 1996, a British Aristocrat, an Archeologist and avid Adventurer made her first appearance, never looked back and for the next 20 years, has became synonymous as the female representation in the all-male dominated gaming industry, even though the character was considered only as a sex symbol in the gaming world when first released. Tomb Raider was released by Core Designs then later on was acquired by Eidos.

When it hit the shelves in 1996, Tomb Raider quickly made a distinction over prevailing games. So to say, it actually combined a lot of interesting fundamentals from then popular games such as Mario, Prince of Persia, Legend of Zelda, Doom and many others. What it offered was a combined experience of exploration, awesome graphics, puzzles and riddles, and a killing element that helped to make it to the top of the charts. Then the scantily dressed busty representation of Lara Croft added the remaining punch to it. The franchise has now,so far, released 17 games and 2 movies starring one of Hollywood’s most successful actresses, Angelina Jolie.

It has been a smooth run for the Tomb Raider series, except for the fact that the 6th installment, Angel of Darkness, laced with burnout issues from the very beginning, was considered a miserable failure of the franchise at the release. The latest of them, Rise of the Tomb Raider, a third generation game from the company, was released in 2015. It was re-released on PlayStation 4 this year as a special anniversary edition with lots of interesting features, new DLC content and amazing 4k graphics.

Recently, The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Noah Hughes from Crystal Dynamics, the developers for the franchise post the sixth installment. He spoke candidly about life around Lara Croft, his experience with the character and changes that took place over two decades, and the sexual symbolization of Lara Croft. According to him, the biggest challenge while redesigning the character has been to answer, “What has Lara’s relationship with her audience become, and how can we reinvigorate that?” Hopefully, Lara sticks around with us for more decades and we keep a part of her adventures. See her video journey here.

Roar Uthaug will direct the Tomb Raider reboot and Geneva Robertson-Dworet will write the script. The film sets to premiere on the big screen on Mar. 16, 2018.

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