The Tomb Raider movie reboot may not suck, Alicia Vikander is the new Lara Croft
I have made no secret of my disdain for films based on video games. They suck on the reg, mainly because they don’t honor the source material, they just try to adapt it. Most filmmakers come at it with a workman-like attitude, and that doesn’t work. It just doesn’t.
Traditionally, filmmakers are hired to make the film rather than them coming to the studios with an idea, meaning the project originates the wrong way round. That’s frequently true of superhero films too, but they are a little more natural to adapt than video games – the style of storytelling in video games isn’t linear, so it takes more thought to adapt them. Plus, it’s easier for the cast and crew of a superhero movie to read up on the characters and get a sense of what makes them work than it is to play a game that could take 20+ hours, minimum – assuming there is only one game to play.
So far though, at least based on today’s casting news, the new Tomb Raider reboot movie seems to be very much on the right track.
Deadline is reporting that Oscar winner and burgeoning A-list star Alicia Vikander has been cast as the new Lara Croft. By the end of 2016, the Swedish-born actress will appear in no less than eight movies. She is also in some major productions, including the upcoming Jason Bourne, the underrated The Man from UNCLE, and the smaller (but brilliant) Ex Machina. If you don’t know her already, you will.
The Tomb Raider reboot has been in the works for a few years now, but it became a priority for the studios following the successful reboot of the gaming franchise in 2013. Crystal Dynamics’ Tomb Raider provided a long overdue origin story for the character, depicting the fresh-faced Lara Croft as a young woman, still somewhat sheltered from the viciousness of the world she would later inhabit (and dominate).
A sequel in 2015 helped to solidify that the once diminishing franchise was again very much on top, and the film quickly began to move forward. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug will helm the movie. Beyond that, there aren’t a lot of details to go on. The film will probably stick somewhat close to the game and tell Lara Croft’s origin story. It will almost certainly ignore the previous films, starring Angelina Jolie.
The film could still be a dumpster fire, but casting Vikander is a great start. She hasn’t had the chance to star in a massive action film that will – presumably – feature a huge number of effects, practical and digital, but at 27-years old her trophy cabinet is more crowded than many well known stars twice her age.
Hopefully that is a sign that the studio is looking at making a film built on quality. Fingers crossed.