MGM's reboot of Tomb Raider has been some years in the making. As actress Alicia Vikander steps into the role vacated by Angelina Jolie. Now a couple of weeks into production of the upcoming 2018 blockbuster, set to debut in March 16 of next year, these snaps are the only evidence that shooting is actually underway. All while the studio has kept the majority of details under wraps and behind closed doors.
Directed by 43-year old Norwegian Roar Uthaug, the title secured The Hateful Eight's Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and 300 and The Wire star Dominic West as part of the ensemble. Plans to recreate the character and universe have been earmarked from as early as 2011 and these images are an indication that it will be full of adrenaline and action.
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🔸🔹 Alicia Vikander on set of Tomb Raider!!! pic.twitter.com/SV2NVXNdwX
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Goggins is reported to play one of the main protagonists in the film as Father Mathias Vogel. But very little is known about his relationship to Lara Croft and how he will fit into the screenplay. The actor himself dropped something of a hint to describe Vogel as "confused and angry and desperate." Whilst also adding that there is "real reasons behind his antagonism."
Coming many years after Jolie's portrayal, to keep things fresh the studio is said to have inspired the story from an adaptation of a new game from Square Enix. West will play Lara's late father Lord Richard Croft, leaving a young traveler on a journey to find out exactly how he died as well as uncovering what the archaeologist/aristocrat found in his research that would lead to such a gruesome end.
Character Needs To Avoid Cliches That The Original Suffered
Maintaining a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider can only be seen as a success in pure box office terms to record $274.4m from their $115m investment. Script writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet will be tasked with making the 2018 edition much more rich with character development and plot points, a point of conjecture that most video game adaptations fall well short of in the eyes of the critics at large.
With Graham King and Gary Barber on board as producers for the project, Vikander's take on the heroine will be eagerly anticipated from fans of the original and the gamers. If these snaps are any guide, there won't be any shortage of physicality as Lara Croft comes back onto the big screen.