Warner Bros has officially revealed the first images and plot details of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot.
We’ll get to the plot synopsis in just a sec, but first, check out the images of Oscar winner Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft – she looks absolutely fantastic, like she’s jumped straight out of the 2013 Tomb Raider video game, which was itself a reboot for the franchise.
We’ve heard multiple times now that the movie will be show us a more ‘grounded’ and ‘realistic’ take on Lara – much like the 2013 game – and the images above certainly reinforce this idea.
Here’s the official plot synopsis in full:
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.
If the synopsis sounds familiar, it’s because it’s pretty much identical to the story of the 2013 game, which served as something of an origin story for Lara as she found herself stranded on a mysterious (and dangerous) island.
The reboot is being directed by Roar Uthaug, whose CV includes the fantastic disaster movie The Wave, while The Wire’s Dominic West has reportedly joined the cast as Lara’s father.
Expect Tomb Raider in cinemas on March 16, 2018.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.