“Tomb Raider” opens in theaters, one year from today.
The latest Tomb Raider movie, this one a reboot following the path of the 2013 video game reboot, opens in theaters one year from today. Barring any studio decision to release the film at a later time, fans will get to see the Alicia Vikander headlined action/adventure on March 16, 2018. You may have seen a first look at Vikander as Lara Croft last month and even read about what we could expect from the picture from actor Walton Goggins, here on What’cha Reading. And if all that doesn’t have you hyped, here are four reasons why we can’t wait to see Tomb Raider.
I. We Need Lara Croft!
In the adventure genre, we have many heroes, but few icons. When we think of temples, crusades, mummies, uncharted islands, and tombs, english adventurer Lara Croft is at the top of the list. Croft, a main staple in the world of video games, has become an undeniable cultural icon over the past 20 years. She was brought to life by Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001). Jolie brought the two-dimensional (and sex symbol) to life in an unforgettable way and made the character not only a modern day super-hero, but someone worthy of filling the void Indiana Jones left after Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in 1989. Angelina Jolie would return as Lara Croft once more in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003. Over 2 years, Jolie would perform all her own stunts, much like Tom Cruise, and would make Lara Croft everything that one could have hoped for in a modern day adventurer. Unfortunately, the film underperformed and as the action landscape was changing across videos games and movies, the Lara Croft video games started to follow suit.
In 2013, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix would reboot Lara Croft in a video game simply titled Tomb Raider. The gameplay would follow similarly to Sony and Naughty Dog’s Uncharted series and would reinvent Lara Croft in an exciting and inventive new way. Croft, no longer the superhero she had become during the Jolie era, was now as real a woman as one could make her. The game, written by Rhianna Pratchett and Susan O’ Connor, would eventually go on to inspire and serve as the basis for the Roar Uthaug directed film.
Tomb Raider, enjoying a 20+ year history of video games, comic books, and movies is needed for this day. In a modern era where Indiana Jones has once again left us, and we have way too many superheroes, it’s a perfect time for Lara Croft. As many political stances have rallied around the battle cry “The Future is Female,” I would agree. Following the unquestionable success of this June’s Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. will easily have a strong hit on their hands with Tomb Raider.
*Might I add cinema doesn’t have an adventurer icon right now? Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton in this June’s The Mummy is, in many ways, the bad guy. Hence, there’s no more Indy or Rick O’ Connell of Mummy films past. We. Need. Lara.
II. Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft!
Tomb Raider, on April 28, 2016, would find its Lara Croft in Academy Award winner (The Danish Girl) Alicia Vikander.
Vikander, whose only real moments with the action genre were The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Jason Bourne, would not only commit to becoming Lara Croft by bulking up and eating six meals a day, but would reveal that she’s actually been a fan of the video game series. As Alicia Vikander and I are both the same age, it makes perfect sense that she’s been a fan of the Tomb Raider video games.
Back in early February, we got our first “unofficial” look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and, as expected, the internet went wild. Everyone from The Daily Mail to The Mary Sue wrote praise for Vikander as Lara Croft.
III. The Tone.
There’s nothing quite like adventure movies. Since Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones films, numerous filmmakers have taken the challenge to give audiences an adventure worthy to exist in the shadow of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. According to film star (and villain) Walton Goggins, he’s said “it’s like Raiders of the Lost Ark meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel Victory: An Island Tale.” It’s very exciting to hear Tomb Raider‘s tone compared to the likes of one of the greatest action/adventure movies ever made, along with the likes of a Joseph Conrad novel. This month’s Kong: Skull Island drew inspiration from Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and was an exciting way to reintroduce Kong to modern day audiences. If Tomb Raider‘s script is as good as Walton Goggins keeps taking about, we are in for something very special on March 16, 2018.
IV. The Toys?
Toys, oh the toys! Lara Croft has always been one of the most merchandised of female heroes. There has never been a “Rey” issue with her. Be it from Playmates Toys to Neca, Lara Croft has a long history of having action figures going back to the very beginning.
One of my personal favorites were the Playmates Toys that were made for Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001). Playmates made some of the coolest of action figures for that movie and I had nearly all of them. Angelina Jolie hasn’t had many action figures made off of her and the Lara Croft Tomb Raider movie figures were the first. There were 6″ inch figures and 12″ inch figures, all plastic representations of one of the most beautiful of starlets in Hollywood.
It’s my personal hope that we’ll see Warner Bros. merchandise Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider. I don’t see why not and it would make sense for Mattel to hold the license for Tomb Raider. With the film opening one month after Toy Fair, here’s to hopefully seeing Tomb Raider action figures.
No stranger to a good countdown, I can’t wait to see Tomb Raider. I have high hopes for Lara Croft’s latest screen adventure and it’s become a goal of mine to replay the video games. Maybe I could replay and beat all of them before March 16, 2018? Now that’s a solid idea.
Are you looking forward to seeing Tomb Raider? Are you a fan of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft? Let us know in the comments below.
The film follows Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her father’s (Dominic West) research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name.
MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. The studios acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is producing.
Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Tomb Raider opens March 16, 2018.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)