The latest reports indicate that Alicia Vikander is going to be our new Lara Croft. Word is that the Oscar winning actress has signed up for Warner Bros. /Time Warner Inc, MGM, along with GK Films’ previously announced game adaptation.
The new film will probably be based on the well-appreciated dark and mysterious origin of the franchise from 2013. It highlighted a young and inexperienced Lara Croft gradually getting her action heroine mojo.
The screenplay will be penned by Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Snow White and the Huntsman) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Transformers 5). The film will be directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave). This movie will possibly have a fall of 2017 release date. These days it is considered as an act of rebellion if you don’t announce the release date at least 3 years before it.
Some of you already know that this will be the second franchise which is based on a video game franchise involving a female archaeologist who climbs cliffs, fights baddies, and jumps here and there everywhere.
At the same time, the game features an exploration setting as well. The popular gaming franchise was also recently rebooted. Angelina Jolie, aged 26 was seen last time, fresh off her Oscar win in Girl Interrupted.
It was a perfect bit of star+concept casting which further lasted two films. A $274million worldwide was earned by the first film from a 115 million dollar budget. In 2003, Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life made a $156 million from a $56 million budget.
The gorgeous actress will be turning 41 soon and sadly saying, this old actress now has no box office muscle and will be replaced by a charming and youthful 27 year old Alicia Vikander. Putting trash talk aside, Alicia Vikander will be great choice for Tomb Raider.
She is an emerging and successful movie star with great movies like Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and the upcoming Jason Bourne already in her bag. Few weeks back, Daisy Ridley from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in the rumor mill.
However, she will be seen instead on, Marielle Heller’s Kolma and The Lost Wife. It is possible that every remotely plausible actress threw their name into the Goblet of Fire to star in a full-blown female-led franchise in 2001 which is still the same way in 2017.
This could actually be a sign of times since the first Lara Croft in Tomb Raider in 2001 offered a Croft who was battle-ready but in the new version, we shall get to see an untested and not ready-to-fight Vikander. Some can expect that it will be a Batman Begins style reboot and the second half will definitely offer a fully trained Lara Croft doing her thing, compared to the Fantastic Four style reboot.
It would also be great if the film is directed by a female. Keep in mind that the 2017 Tomb Raider could be the most successful video game movie of all time. Back in 2001, Simon West’s Tomb Raider was a classic quick-kill blockbuster which ended up with $131millon domestic after opening with a $47 million. It soon became the biggest grossing video game movie of all time and in 2017, it will again be the same.
Meanwhile, Tomb Raider 4’s engine has been used in a recent Tomb Raider fan project. Lara Croft will face a dangerous group of armed enemies on a Tomb Raider fan project. These armed fanatics have overthrown a government and turned an entire city into a fortress.
According to the developer, the game will have new animations, interactions and movements in the newly crafted environment.