Plot details revealed for Tomb Raider reboot

Ben Bussey
UK Movies Writer
Angelina Jolie in 2001’s ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ (credit: Paramount Pictures)

More than 13 years since her last big screen appearance, video game heroine Lara Croft is getting the reboot treatment – and now we have our first hints of what her next story will be about.

2001’s ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ and its 2003 sequel ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’ saw Angelina Jolie memorably portray the role (alas, she was the only really memorable thing about either film), but the upcoming ‘Tomb Raider’ will see recent Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander (Best Supporting Actress for ‘The Danish Girl’) don the iconic vest and shorts.

Early rumours had suggested this new take on ‘Tomb Raider,’ the best-selling video game series launched by Core Design and Eidos Interactive back in 1996, would be an origin story of sorts for the iconic British aristocrat and treasure hunter – and the film’s producer Graham King  has now more or less confirmed this.

King tells Hey U Guys, “This is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’.

“This is 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.

The new Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander (Credit: Mario Mitsis/

The producer continued, “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 a lot of fun making a film like this.”

Directorial duties on ‘Tomb Raider’ have been handed to Roar Uthaug, Norwegian director of disaster movie ‘The Wave’ and Viking adventure ‘Escape.’

‘Tomb Raider’ is due in US cinemas 16 March 2018 – no UK release date has been confirmed at present.

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