Looks like the reboot Tomb Raider movie is nearly here! It stars Alicia Vikander as Laura Croft and will be in theaters sometime in 2018.
The news was made official via THR, announcing that Dominic West has been cast in the role of Lord Richard Croft, the father of Vikander’s Lara and a central, enigmatic figure throughout the games and original Tomb Raider movie. West is best known for his role on Showtime’s The Affair, as well as work in The Wire and films like 300, Pride, and Genius.
The role of Richard Croft has been performed before by the stunt casting of Jon Voight in the 2001 Tomb Raider, as he is the real-life father of Angelina Jolie.
Variety reports that Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands) has been cast in the Tomb Raider reboot alongside Vikander. Wu will play Lu Ren, "a ship captain who partners with Croft on a quest to find her father," which gives us just a little bit more information about the plot. Um, it will probably involve a sea voyage.
With the casting of Vikander as Laura and from the images they've released, it's easy to tell they are basing it off of the current reboot of Tomb Raider but perhaps going with an original story.
Anyone else as excited as I am?
I really like Vikander.
Iain Glen is charisma defined. Great screen presence and I'm surprised he hasn't become a bigger star. There's a bit of Moore in him.
I first saw Glen in Tombraider and the Resident Evil films and certainly noticed him. Like you said, he has an edge to him without having to try too hard.
The one I really like just for the Italian scenery and because it stars Caterina Murino (looking especially lovely) is Zen. It's a three part BBC series starring Rufus Sewell.
I can imagine how exciting it was seeing the location you visited in the show. I felt the same way when Pont Neuf showed up at the end of The Bourne Identity. I had just come back from Paris a year earlier.
I have only seen Vikander in that Man From U.N.C.L.E. film, so I don't have much of an opinion of her. In another thread, I named Alison Carroll (the last of the Lara Croft promotional models), as my preferred choice for Lara. She has the looks and athleticism, the film around her can do the rest.
I hope it does so well that the "adventure" genre comes in full force. I want an Uncharted movie!
I also hope that The Mummy does so well that Universal makes a monster movie universe. I think I heard a rumor that if The Mummy does well they'll go ahead with a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde movie, starring Russell Crowe.
You just summed up my feelings exactly! It's surprising how few straight-up adventure movies ever get made. It's my favorite genre so sometimes I have a "take what I can get" mentality. But I'm definitely excited for this. And I also agree that an Uncharted movie can't come soon enough!
The Tomb Raider film should be fine, as long as they actually tell a story. If the film recognizes Lara as a person beyond the flopping mountains on her chest, they are already pretty far off to the races. The movie will earn added respect if they avoid any obvious butt shots, or throw Vikander into the skimpiest clothes they can get on her. Strong female led films are all the rage now, and if they do this one right, it could work for them and launch into a whole franchise. Character is essential, as is depth, so that Lara can be taken up a notch from being strictly masturbatory material to a very human and backable heroine. It helps that in Vikander the studio picked a girl who can't easily be sexed up in gratuitous ways like Jolie was out of the womb, and judging from all the set pictures they are really showing off the wear and tear the girl will face on her journey to ground it and give it more danger and substance than sex appeal.
This! And let's hope the filmmakers remember that the character is pretty important to a lot of women, too. One of the reasons TR is so special to me is that, while of course I love Bond and would love to hang out with him, it's easier to imagine being Lara.
(NB I have nothing in common with Lara. Except a 'posh voice' apparently.)
Interesting time to be a young female actress in Hollywood, as opportunities abound.
I love the reboot games. But this movie looks like a failure to happen again. Seems to follow the reboot too closely.
Angelina Jolie's 2 TR films are a guilty pleasure.
It is definitely vastly important for women to look on the big screen-and small-and see themselves represented in strong ways.
This isn't strictly a gender thing, either, as I'm just as excited for Wonder Woman as I would be anything else. Exciting times for girl power.
@bondjames, you see this a lot in the gaming industry too, with a lot of major titles featuring female only protagonists in growing numbers. It's one of those things that makes you wonder what took people so long, but it's just nice for the option to be there in the market.
I guess I wait for this movie to save dc's cinematic universe. But I won't hold my breath.
Since Iron Man, Marvel has been the king of the comic books movies. They know how to make adventure films.
As far as 'gritty reboots' go, I'm as wary of them as anyone else, but I did play the rebooted game on PS3 and it was great. The tongue-in-cheek/breast-focused version featuring Jolie has probably been taken about as far as it can go.
The video game adaptation curse is a fair point and so well-entrenched by now that it almost goes without saying. I'm still optimistic, though, because Tomb Raider (and Uncharted, for that matter) tells a very straightforward narrative: a search for lost treasure, survival, etc. I tried watching Assassin's Creed recently and found that after 15 or 20 minutes I still had no idea what was going on or why I was supposed to care. Tomb Raider, as a game, is no narrative that I feel it lends itself pretty well to film.
Fingers are crossed - I'd really like this to work.
Really looking foreward to Gal Gadot's WW too.
I'll see it in theaters but I have to admit, it doesn't look like it's going to be the movie that's going to make movie adaptations of video games popular. Hopefully a second trailer will be better.