First look Alicia Vikander as new Lara Croft, Tomb Raider


It’s been a long time and many children later since Angelina Jolie donned the tank top and short shorts of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider. So, needless to say, we are owed, nay due a remake, or a reboot, or a relaunch, or something.

I forgot one: origin story, as director Roar Uthaug put it in an exclusive interview with GQ.

Uthaug is a Norwegian director, whose films have played predominantly european screens–a virtual unknown to US audiences, while Alicia Vikander, the next Lara Croft, is probably best known for her work in Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Jason Bourne.

The new film will take inspiration not only from the entire Tomb Raider canon, but also from the 2013 reboot of the video game franchise and its sequel, and apparently, that particular reboot decided to cash in on the then huge clout of young brunette heroines with bow and arrow (aka Katniss Everdeen / Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games).

Google image search doesn't lie: Lara Croft will use a bow.

The lead image with this story was actually of Lara holding a piece of driftwood, apparently as either a weapon, or a defensive tool. Driftwood is brittle stuff. Since this piece is supposed to highlight the backstory and extensive capabilities of Lara Croft, I might have gone a bit more grandiose than earning a fire starting badge for the first look image. The follow-up image with bow and arrow is more on point, if not something we haven’t seen recently. Hopefully there’s no mention of a dystopian anything in the movie.

Building a fire, or about to demonstrate how to have your weapon broken in half?


[Via GQ]