Lara Croft: Tomb Raider has been a staple in most gamers’ homes for two decades and is, arguably, one of the most iconic protagonists ever created.
It’s amazing range of titles isn’t the only part of the franchise however as everything from clothing, magazines, collectibles, and ceramic mugs have donned the famous archeologists moniker. In 2001 she was brought to life and given the feature film treatment with Angelina Jolie stepping into the adventurer’s boots. A sequel, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, was released in 2003 for which Angelina Jolie was retained as Lady Croft. While the films weren’t received well by critics it was nevertheless celebrated by the dedicated fandom.
More recently the gaming franchise received a much-needed reboot in the form of 2013’s Crystal Dynamix release of Tomb Raider, the tenth title in the series. In this title players were exposed to a younger Lara Croft who was forced to fight for her survival after being shipwrecked on Yamatai Island. The title, which offers a reforming of Lara’s origin story, received critical acclaim for its gameplay and graphics and the performance of the newly appointed voice of Lara Croft, Camilla Luddington.
In 2015, Rise of the Tomb Raider followed in which Lara, though a bit more violent than usual, sets off to validate her father’s theories about the Divine Source’s promise of immortality in the Siberian city Kitzeh while facing off against a paramilitary organization. By the end of 2015 this eleventh title in the franchise had sold more than one million copies.
Thanks to the critical acclaim of the last two titles in the gaming franchise MGM and GK films announced that these last two titles received a new feature length film. While Norwegian director Roar Uthaug is at the helm as director of the film Evan Daugherty (Teenage Mutant Turtles, Divergent) has penned the script.
Naturally central to many debates is who would star as the younger Lara Croft with several actresses being touted to take up the role. Initially, the most obvious choice would have been Camilla Luddington as she had become, to fan’s praise, the most recent voice of Lara. However, it was announced that Alicia Vikander had been signed up in the starring role. Vikander as Lara Croft has received a lukewarm response from the majority of fans with the most common gripe being that she doesn’t embody the grit is inherent to this version of the character. While we’re inclined to agree with this, especially after the release of on-set images of Vikander as Lara, we’ll choose to reserve judgment until we have the whole picture, pun intended.
The Tomb Raider film is slated for release on March 16, 2018.