Unsurprisingly, Alicia Vikander's 2016 Oscar win is paying dividends. She not only has five films out this year, has another two on the way in 2018. One of those is a revival of Tomb Raider. So far, the details have been scarce but today brings the first look at the film's poster and a sneak peek of its debut trailer. In that poster, Vikander looks strong and determined as any raider of tombs should, and wades into the water off the coast of Japan clutching a weapon that you wouldn't want to be on the other side of. The poster doesn't reveal a release date, instead saying "coming soon," however, it was revealed back in March that the film will be in theaters on March 16, 2018.
The 15-second clip of the trailer, which arrives in full tomorrow, offers a deeper look at Vikander's take on Lara Croft. Apparently, it will involve Vikander finding her way out of many tricky situations, from falling off a tree branch while crossing a waterfall to dodging a spiked object and narrowly missing it.
Vikander's rendition of Tomb Raider appears to be set before Angelina Jolie's iconic take on Lara Croft. "She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet," Vikander told Entertainment Weekly earlier this summer. "She thought [her father] was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning."
Indeed, the film's official description promises that "Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider." It is perhaps safe to assume that she does indeed succeed in the end.
A film starring an ass-kicking female heroine is just the world needs right now, especially considering how beloved this year's Wonder Woman was and continues to be, with the exciting news that a sequel directed by Patty Jenkins is on the way. And, with the saturated catalogue of male-led action films that exists, there is more than enough room for two strong female heroines. Hopefully Tomb Raider opens the gates for even more to enter.
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