GQ Interview: Here’s Your First Look at the Tomb Raider Reboot

Mar 26 2017

GQ article published on 27th March 2017

Director Roar Uthaug shares a first-look image of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and grants an exclusive interview about his big-screen reboot.

It’s been nearly 15 years since Lara Croft last graced the big screen—but the Tomb Raider heroine is about to make a big comeback. Taking over the role originated by fellow Oscar winner Angelina Jolie, Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider origin story drawing inspiration from Crystal Dynamics’ 2013 video game reboot of the franchise, and due to arrive in theaters in 2018. Here’s your exclusive first look at Vikander as Lara Croft:

So what can we expect from this new Tomb Raider? Between night shoots in South Africa, director Roar Uthaug agreed to an exclusive early interview about his adaptation of the popular video game franchise.

How far along are you in filming right now? We are just wrapping up the South African portion of our location shoot and will proceed next to London.

Video game movies have a reputation for disappointing both critics and fans of the games. What will make your Tomb Raider different? We drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that. At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.

Other than the Tomb Raider franchise, what are your influences for the new movie? I’m inspired by other modern action movies as well as classic survival movies. And I’m also trying to bring some of my European sensibilities when it comes to character development. Striving to combine all of this into a rollercoaster of a movie.

Have you seen the two Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie? If so, what do you think of them? I’ve seen the films—they were a lot of fun and Angelina Jolie was a terrific Lara Croft. We are [making] a very different film, an origin story and I think fans will love Alicia in the role.

Audiences who aren’t familiar with the 2013 Tomb Raiderreboot game (and its 2015 sequel) have a very different mental image of Lara Croft. How will your movie reintroduce audiences to such a different take on the character? As an origin story, this movie will introduce Lara as a young woman who hasn’t yet found her way and her place in the world; a young woman with great spirit and potential. We follow her struggles and her journey toward becoming the person she was meant to be and earning the role of Tomb Raider.

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