A big overarching question of 2016 in film: can video game movies be good? Warcraft didn’t do well domestically, but cleaned up in China. Michael Fassbender and an arthouse team recruited by Ubisoft itself are bringing all the pedigree they can muster to Assassin’s Creed. Next, Alicia Vikander (who is rumored to be dating Fassbender and who also was up to the Assassin’s Creed female lead before she accepted her role in Jason Bourne) has stepped into Angelina Jolie’s shoes as Lara Croft in a Tomb Raider reboot.
Speaking with HitFix while promoting Jason Bourne (in theaters July 29), the 27 year-old, who won Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl at February’s Oscars, confirmed she signed on specifically because the producers pitched a film based on the acclaimed 2013 game, which took the Batman Begins/Casino Royale approach to the character’s origin and development.
“They told me they were doing the film based on the reboot of the game from 2013. That is more of an origin story. You get into an emotional aspect of getting to know Lara hopefully in an in-depth way. So I hope that doing a film of the rebooted game will bring something new and fresh that’ll stand on its own two legs. I with the rest of the world, was excited to see a female protagonist in a video game. I was a bit scared playing it when I was 12, 13. I had to go take little breaks.”
Directed by Roar Uthaug (helluva first name), the Tomb Raider reboot is scheduled for March 16, 2018.