This Friday, Lara Croft will return to the big screen in a brand new Tomb Raider reboot starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander in the title role. In an interview with Variety at the film’s Los Angeles premiere, screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet discussed how the team behind the film wanted to approach Lara Croft differently from the previous two Tomb Raider films.
Robertson-Dworet explained that the creative team wanted to highlight Lara’s relatability in the reboot:
“She kind of feels like all of us and the struggles she has are things that anyone can relate to, so I’m hoping that’s what people respond to.”
Noting that she loved the previous two films starring Angelina Jolie in the title role, Robertson-Dworet discussed how the team wanted to focus on the source material:
“The first movie, I doubt very much that Angelina Jolie asked for it. There’s like a scene of her showering and sort of rubbing herself. We really wanted to get away from that and focus more on Lara kicking ass.”
Director Roar Uthaug also weighed in on Lara Croft’s relatability:
“She’s not a superhero. She falls, she gets hurt, but she picks herself up and keeps fighting for what she thinks is right.”
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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.
Directed by Roar Uthaug and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Tomb Raider also stars Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West as Richard Croft.
Tomb Raider will be released in theaters on March 16, 2018.
5 Superheroes That Deserve Their Own Video Game Universe
World building and universe building are not new. These writing techniques have been around for centuries, long before we even started writing our stories down. I always considered Beowulf to be the precursor to superheroes and comics. However, due to the overwhelming success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the CW DC Universe (or Arrowverse), it seems that the universal world building that has been in comics for three-quarters of a century has finally become a major storytelling point in both the film and TV worlds of superheroes.
Between Rocksteady’s Arkham Trilogy (Batman: Arkham Origins was developed by WB Games Montreal), Telltale Games’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Insomniac Games establishing that their Spider-Man game will be the anchor point for a new Spider-Man universe, and the announcement from earlier this year of a multi-year, multi-game deal between Marvel and developer/publisher Square Enix it seems like the video games will be the next place where sprawling superhero stories will be told.
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