After both Warcraft and Assassins Creed failed to live up to expectations of both fans and studio executives alike, expectations are even higher that Warner Bros. and MGM’s Tomb Raider directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave) will finally be the film that legitimizes video game adaptations.
The film starring Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft has officially begun production. Uthaug took to Instagram this morning to share a photo, celebrating the commencement of principal photography with the caption “And we’re off!” The film is being shot on location in the UK and South Africa.
While official details on the plot have yet to be released, Uthaug has stated the film is a ‘back to the roots’ story for Lara Croft. There is a good chance the film will draw influence from the 2013 video game reboot which repopularized Croft after years of being off of anyone’s radar.
The game followed the young recent archaeological graduate Lara Croft after she was shipwrecked on the fictional island of Yamatai off the coast of Japan. Yamatai itself was home to the Sun Queen who was rumored to possess shamanistic powers. In order to survive, Lara had to discover the strength within, forging herself into the heroic archaeologist we know as the Tomb Raider.
Thanks to a recent casting report we know the one major difference between the upcoming film and the video game is that Lara’s father will be alive. The report revealed Into the Badlands star, Daniel Wu has been cast Lu Ren, a ship captain who will team up with young Lara on a quest to find her long-missing father.
Walton Goggins (Vice Principles, Justified) has also been cast as the film’s villain. If the film is indeed drawing influence from the 2013 game, it’s possible Goggins could be playing the character of James Whitman. Whitman is a television producer who was also the lead archaeologist on the expedition to Yamatai. In the game, Whitman turned antagonist after he allowed himself to be captured along with Lara by the inhabitants of Yamatai. Ultimately Whitman lost himself in his fascination of the islanders and the Sun Queen.