New Tomb Raider
This looks like it came straight out of the video game. Source: IMDb

The new Tomb Raider movie trailer has just dropped, and we are getting hyped!

I have to confess, I was really disappointed with myself this week. How did it take a twitter post for me to realise that a new Tomb Raider film was actually being made? This new Tomb Raider sees Alicia Vikander replace the iconic Angelina Jolie in the role of Lara Croft. And to be honest, I’m very much looking forward to it.

Alicia is famously known for her roles in The Danish Girl as Gerda and Gaby from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. But her performance in Ex Machina as Ava has made me a true Vikand. The only concern I have for this film is that I don’t know whether the Scandinavian beauty can pull off Croft’s classic posh accent.

But there’s also so much else to get excited about for this film! Writing the script for Tomb Raider is Geneva Robertson-Dworet. A relatively unknown writer, Robertson-Dworet is currently the writer for Gotham City Sirens and Captain Marvel – the most badass superhero in the Marvel Universe. Yeah that’s right, I said it! It will be very interesting to see how the script portrays Lara; mainly because it will have huge implications for how Robertson-Dworet will depict her female protagonists both in Marvel and DC. Which by this point the MCU definitely needs.

Directing the film, we have another Scandinavian – Roar Uthaug. Hailing from Norway, Roar has directed such films as The Wave? Wow, most of his movies are Norwegian – I have no idea why this should be surprising. If any of our friends from Norway have seen Roar’s films, please let us know if they’re any good? Seriously, his track record is vital in determining whether we’re going to get a good Tomb Raider film or not.

What can we expect from the new Tomb Raider movie?

New Tomb Raider
What is Lara Croft without her bow? Source: IMDb

The film is roughly based on the 2013 video game: Tomb Raider created by Crystal Dynamics. In it, we will see “Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, [having to] push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.”

Producer Graham King told Vanity Fair that Tomb Raider “…takes Lara from her early origins, to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s a complex character, requiring a range of elements and Alicia brings all of that together brilliantly in her portrayal.”

From what it sounds like, this movie is going to be a mix of Lara doing her trademark ‘trying not to die as people and her surroundings try and kill her’ as well as flashbacks to explain her character motivation. Which is essentially what each and every one of the Tomb Raider games are like. But, I pray that they don’t fall into the same mistake that happened in The Legend of Tarzan. Which was that there was both talking about the events of the past, and then showing what happened.

Now if you don’t know already, for filmmakers, it’s better to show and not tell. And what’s even better is not to do both. So I hope that they can get a good balance between explaining Lara’s character development, but also getting a fun and adventurous film. Otherwise it’s just going to be boring and dis-engaging if we have Lara constantly crying out to find her father – rather than being stoic and trying to actually find him. Lara has always been about walking the walk, and if this film is going to be a lot of talk, it’s bound to be very disappointed.

Who else is appearing in the new Tomb Raider movie?

New Tomb Raider
If only this landscape shot was filled with co-stars… Source: IMDb

Teaming up with Alicia we have Daniel Wu as Lu Ren and Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie. Further research shows that Hannah played the Sand Snake, Ornela in Game of Thrones. So yeah… take that as you will.

Character wise, Lu is the ship captain set to help Lara find her father, while Sophie is Lara’s best friend. To all the fans of the 2013 game Tomb Raider it looks like they just changed Sam’s name to Sophie. So, you can pretty much guess the plot now (and that’s not a spoiler if you haven’t played Tomb Raider!). We will also be seeing Walton Goggins play the antagonist, Father Mathias Vogel. And from his performance in The Hateful Eight as Sheriff Chris Mannix, you can be sure he’ll deliver.

Tomb Raider will also be co-starring Dominic West as Lord Richard Kroft and Antonio Aakeel as Nitin.

Final comments on the Tomb Raider

New Tomb Raider
Looking good as Lara Croft/10. Source: IMDb

So having just checked out the trailer for Tomb Raider, I have to say it’s dismissed many of my fears. Gone are my fears that she won’t be able to pull of a British accent. Full is my excitement at seeing Lara using her bow, her climbing axe, and her mastery of obstacle courses, looking to kill her. And you can be damn sure that it looks like Lara’s walking the walk.

What’s even better is that it feels like it’s going to be a video game movie. Do you know when’s the last time we had one of those!? It was probably Assas-, okay what about Prince of Per-, not even Morta-?. Okay, it’ll be the first good video game film, ever! And it’s with Lara Croft – what’s not to love!?

But don’t take my word for just how good the trailer is. Check it out here.

Are you excited about the new Tomb Raider film? Did you have no idea it was coming out either? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment down below, or tweeting me @ElliMiller17.

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