It's been nearly twenty years since Tomb Raider was created, and the franchise is still thriving. With over ten video games, the series has become one of the world's most recognizable action-adventure titles. Of course, the franchise was first thrust into the global spotlight when Angelina Jolie signed on to play Lara Croft on the big screen. And, now, Warner Bros. is working on a Tomb Raider film reboot with Alicia Vikander taking on the famous archaeologist.
The actress sat down with Collider and explained why she thought the remake would be different from the original Tomb Raider films. Nodding towards the franchise's recent video game reboot, Alicia said, "I hadn't played the new rebooted game...and now I have and now it's quite different. The [sic] kind of rebooted the game and it visually looks quite different and it's like I said, it's more of an origin story."
Clearly, the remake sounds a bit different from Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider. The previous films focused on Lara during the peak of her career, leaving fans to watch as she explored exotic locales and uncovered all sorts of treasure. Vikander's version seems to be more of an origin tale similar to the one seen in Square Enix's Tomb Raider games. Those game follow a much younger Lara as she searches for the lost kingdom of Yamatai during her college years.
When Vikander was asked how she felt being cast in a blockbuster, the actress stressed her first interest was in the project's filmmaker, characters, and story. But, unsurprisingly, she was excited to be cast in the film. She said, "I find that — big blockbuster movies, I grew up with, and some of them I love, and I think the thrill of being part of making one myself would be extraordinary."
And, when asked about Tomb Raider's previous films, the actress confessed she was a fan. "I played the game when I was a kid. Anyways, it was a really the real first protagonist I had seen in a video game at that point. And of course Angelina Jolie made her into an icon," she explained. "So it's cool to try to step into the shoes and we're hoping to make something that will hopefully will be fresh and new."
The actress confirmed she'll start filming on Tomb Raider after she finishes a film with Wim Wenders. So, for now, fans will have to wait a bit longer for the franchise's return. And - of course - those who are truly desperate can always pick up Square Enix's Tomb Raider reboots should they want to see how Lara Croft will appears in theaters come March 16th 2018.