There’s nothing like a photograph of somebody like Alicia Vikander to cheer us guys up in the morning, so here we have our first glimpse of her in the new Tomb Raider movie, filming what seems to be a major action set piece in South Africa. She looks just as impresive as Angelina Jolie in the part, and is a substantially better actress too, which can’t help.
Based on the two latest video game adventures for Lara Croft: the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and the more recent Rise of the Tomb Raider, it has, according to producer Graham King:
“A young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and I think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this.”
Whether this will break the co-called ‘video game adaptation curse’ is another matter. Assassin’s Creed was good in parts, especially during its action sequences, but still didn’t quite get there. We’ll see.
Lara Croft is directed by Roar Uthaug, written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and also stars Walton Goggins, Dominic West and Daniel Wu. It hits cinemas on March 16, 2018.