Big Official Tomb Raider Movie News!

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Tomb Raider fans around the globe have been waiting for more news about the Warner Bro MGM Tomb Raider film slated for 2018. Well, wait no more for there is new information directly from the studios to share with those devoted fans of the franchise.

I have been a big fan of Alicia Vikander for a while now. She shall play Lara Croft and in my opinion, she is a fabulous choice to recreate our favorite heroine. Alicia has the look for the part and feels like she is close to the same age of our Lara. Yes, I do know she is 28, however; I feel she has a very young look about her and so is well cast.  I anxiously await this forthcoming movie.  From what I have seen so far, it shows a great deal of promise to please the most discerning fan.

Latest Movie News: Official Synopsis:


Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.  Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.  But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.  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.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, “Tomb Raider” is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.  The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”), with Oscar-winner Graham King (“The Departed”) producing under his GK Films banner.  The film’s production begins on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.

“Tomb Raider” also stars Dominic West (“Money Monster,” “300”), Walton Goggins (“The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained”) and Daniel Wu (AMC’s “Into the Badlands”).

Shooting on location in South Africa and the UK, Uthaug directs from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.  The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”); production designer Gary Freeman (“Maleficent”); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (“Skyfall,” “Gorillas in the Mist”); and costume designer Tim Wonsik (key costumer, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”).

“Tomb Raider” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by MGM.



If you look at the screenshots from the 2013 game of which it appears the movie is based off, you can see that Alicia has captured the feel and emotion of Lara Croft. The following photos will illustrate. 

Lara 2013
Image: Crystal Dynamics
Lara Torch
Image Crystal Dynamics


Image Crystal Dynamics
Lara 2013
Lara Fire arrow Image Crystal Dynamics


The above screen shots are from Tomb Raider 2013. The newest photos below show the same sullen, half terror-stricken expression. Her stance as if ready for some heavy mercenary ambush shows in Alicia’s take on Lara as well.  Her costume is consistent with the game. There have been a few tweaks, but that is expected in a movie version. I believe the imagery, emotional level caught through various scenes, expressions, clothing detail are quite Tomb Raider reboot. Great work! 

 You can also check out an official GQ interview about the movie HERE

Read more about what Alicia Vikander did to train for the role in the Self Magazine article HERE 

Meet Alicia Vikander’s trainer for the movie and learn more about him! 

Watch the video about her trainer Magnus Lygdback  I have known about him for quite some time due to my background, and I can say I adore his approach. That approach is known as “The Magnus Method” 

You can find the following videos HERE   Mr. Lygdback talks about being in Cape Town, South Africa and a bit about Tomb Raider.


I am a health and fitness advocate and professional athlete among other things such as (scholastic achivments), so this is something I feel strongly about.


Vanity Fair An Exclusive first look HERE

From Vogue Magazine about Tomb Raider Movie HERE

 The following video is a very interesting take on Tomb Raider 

Alicia Vikander: Brief Bio:

Did you know that Alicia Amanda Vikander was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and trained as a dancer as well as an actress? She started acting when a child at the Goteborg Opera in some smaller theatrical productions. She also trained as a ballerina at the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm as well as the American Ballet in New York

Her professional acting career kicked off with several short Swedish films and some television series. The start of her recognition was when she played the role of Josefin Bjorn-Tegebrandt in a television drama known as Andra Avenyn. She appeared in (39 episodes, 2007-2008)

Additionally, Alicia was cast as Lara Croft in April 2016 just after winning the Oscar for The Danish Girl.


Alicia Vikander wins best supporting actress Oscar for The Danish Girl

Breakthrough Performer
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance: Female
Best Supporting Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress

Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress

And finally some questions and answers: 

Q: Will the Tomb Raider movie take place in the Reboot universe?

A: Tomb Raider will take place in the reboot universe established by Crystal Dynamics’ award-winning game of the same name. MGM and Warner Bros. – under the talented direction of Roar Uthaug and scriptwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet – have creative freedom to best translate Lara’s journey to the big screen. We are very excited to see Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, and the rest of the all-star cast bring the spirit of Lara’s formative adventure to life in Tomb Raider.


Q: What is the plot of the Tomb Raider movie?
A: Please find the official synopsis above.

Q: When will Tomb Raider release?

A:  on March 16, 2018

Q: How far along is production of Tomb Raider?

A: Tomb Raider is currently filming in Capetown, South Africa

Cast List

Directed by

Roar Uthaug

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)

Geneva Robertson-Dworet (script)


Alicia Vikander Alicia Vikander
Daniel Wu Daniel Wu
Lu Ren
Walton Goggins Walton Goggins
Father Mathias Vogel
Dominic West Dominic West
Alexandre Willaume Alexandre Willaume
Leo Ashizawa Leo Ashizawa
Alex Ren
Adrian Collins Adrian Collins
Vere Tindale Vere Tindale
Heli Co-Pilot

The list was taken from the attached link to follow. Here is a link to the full cast list and more technical details about the film for your viewing pleasure. 

So as one can see, Alicia is an experienced performer and should add a great dimension to the newest incarnation of Lara Croft. I would also say from the perspective of a ballerina, of which I am well acquainted with through my own experience in ballet, she will be able to handle the athletic side of Lara’s skill set better than someone devoid of such training. It should serve as an asset for Vikander.

Additionally, the cast is also a great pick. I am happy about who is cast for each role. It looks to be shaping up well. The people they have on this film look to be the correct choices to produce a great film. I also found it interesting that actor Daniel Wu (Lu Ren) is from Berkeley California. That may not mean much to you, but it is my hometown! 

However, I will admit that changing Lara’s job classification to a bike courier and add to this the lack of scholastic interest, by this I mean her not attending classes regularly, this sets the movie Lara apart from the Classic Lara and the recent reboot game Lara we all know. It could be Lara gains her scholastic degrees after this quest and her training completes later. Whatever the outcome, and as a super fan for a billion years, I am grateful this game has another film ready to grace the screen. 

For now, we all have a satisfying amount of knowledge to answer some pressing questions about this film yet to be released.  

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