Lara Croft is back. Nearly a decade and a half after the last adaptation of the classic video game Tomb Raider, Alicia Vikander is taking over the title role of the daring archeologist in Roar Uthaug’s upcoming reboot.
The film is based off of the gritty 2013 game, which featured an updated version of Lara Croft’s origins. The trailer shows that the film is following the same track, opening with Lara returning home (in a scene that’s reminiscent of Iron Fist’s return home, right down to the set), to discover that her father has died. Before his death, he left behind a video message: he discovered a tomb called the Mother of Death. She has to get to it before a mysterious organization called Trinity opens it, because the fate of the world could be at stake.
She ends up shipwrecked and kidnapped by a bunch of guys with guns, and makes a number of death-defying jumps over chasms and under deadly traps. Along the way, there’s explosions, and more than a couple of puzzles.
The Tomb Raider franchise has been adapted for film before: Angelina Jolie played the character in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and again two years later in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. It’ll be interesting to see how Vikander’s Lara compares to Jolie’s. From this first glimpse, it looks as though we’re dealing with a younger, inexperienced woman who’s just getting the hang of the adventures that she’s known for.
Tomb Raider will hit theaters on March 16th, 2018.