Video game movies are usually pretty bad to say the least. It will be interesting to see whether or not next month’s Assassin’s Creed breaks the curse, but another movie that fans have been looking forward to is Warner Bros. and MGM’s Tomb Raider reboot, which will star Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft.
The project — which will be directed by The Wave helmer Roar Uthaug — received a release date back in July, but we haven’t heard anything about it since. Vikander has previously said that the movie would be based on Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix’s 2013 Tomb Raider video game (meaning that the reboot would be based on another reboot), but we now have some new details about what we can expect from the story.
In a recent interview with HeyUGuys, producer Graham King shed some light on the plot of the highly anticipated movie, as well as how it will be different than the two previous Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie:
“Well this is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story’. This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that’s what Alicia found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and i think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this.”
That sounds like an interesting premise. It’s pretty clear that the upcoming film will be an origin story and borrow certain elements from the rebooted game series, but the fact that Lara will be searching for her father at the beginning of the story is something that we’ve yet to see as that was never really a key plot point in the past.
The Tomb Raider reboot opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.