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Tomb Raider to Honor Lara Croft, While Introducing “New Elements”

After over 20 years as a pop culture icon, Lara Croft is finally getting another chance at returning to the big screen. Heavily inspired by the Tomb Raider franchise’s 2013 reboot, the film looks promising thanks to Alicia Vikander’s stunning resemblance to Lara’s recent make over.

There’s still so very little known about the film, but Vikander continues teasing what the upcoming reboot entails. This time, the actress promises Lara will be properly honored, while “lots of new elements” receive exploration as well. Vikander told THR (via ScreenRant) the following at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“She’s a very loved character, like you said, and I grew up playing the games, and I was thrilled when I was fifteen and I saw the films with Angelina Jolie. She really made her into an icon with those films. The video game went through quite a change and it got rebooted in 2013, and it’s very much an origin story. And it’s kind of the next door girl taking on a journey of becoming the action hero that we very much know her to be. So, I definitely think there’s a lot of elements there, both honoring the character that people know of and a lot of new elements that they will hopefully be surprised and engaged to see.”

Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft Courtesy of MGM/Warner Bros.

Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft Courtesy of MGM/Warner Bros.

Following the recent stumbles of video game to film adaptations such as Hitman (2015) and Assassin’s Creed (2016), wariness about projects of this kind is at an all time high. However, should Tomb Raider land the pillars of the franchise, it very well could be the first step in video game movies beginning to hit their stride. We’ll know for sure when the film launches March 16, 2018.

What elements of Lara Croft’s characterization do you hope are reflected on film? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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