Slight spoilers ahead for the first act of Tomb Raider.
Roar Uthaug, the director of the upcoming Tomb Raider film starring Alicia Vikander recently discussed how he wanted to craft a different Lara Croft that we’re not normally used to.
Speaking with Uproxx, Uthaug discussed how he didn’t rewatch the original Tomb Raider films from the 2000’s to prepare for his version:
“No. Not really. I watched the original movies when they came out and really enjoyed them and Angelina’s take on Lara Croft. But when making this movie, we wanted to start fresh, so we didn’t reference the old movies at all.”
Uthaug also went on to talk about how most of the inspiration came from the 2013 video game of the same name, which was essentially a reboot for the franchise:
“I think what was important, the inspiration came from the 2013 reboot game, which had a very different kind of take on Lara and on the Tomb Raider stories. So it was really important to have that kind of authenticity to the whole movie – to make it feel real and grounded and have the audience feel like, “Lara, that girl, that could be me.” And I think that’s kind of how we started out talking about the movie.”
Uproxx also brought up how the first part of the film focuses on Lara from a much more personal level. Specifically, focusing on her as a bike messenger in London. Roar revealed that decision was made so audiences could relate to Lara more:
“That was really important to us. We were making this new origin story for the big screen, it was important for the audience to get to know Lara before we send her off on the adventure. And it was important to not have her rich, living in a mansion – but to have her on the streets of East London working as a bike courier trying to make ends meet.”
The new Tomb Raider is clearly trying to build Lara as the image she has now become. It’ll be interesting to see how she becomes such a great, fierce warrior by the end of the film.
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Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan. 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.
Tomb Raider is directed by Roar Uthaug, and stars Alicia Vikander, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dominic West, Nick Frost, and Daniel Yu.
Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018
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