The recently announced reboot of the big screen Tomb Raider franchise coincided with an upturn in the fortunes, and critical acclaim, of the video game series. Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft was borne on the back of a run of fine video games, fueled by the magnetic attraction of the medium’s first female icon. The new film will be lead by Ex_Machina’s Alicia Vikander who beat out actresses such as Daisy Ridley to the iconic role. The Oscar-winner’s abilities have been have roundly praised with roles in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and her star-making turn in The Danish Girl. This will be her first action-centric role.

Daniel Wu and Dominic West were announced as part of the cast before it was revealed that Walton Goggins had been cast as the film’s antagonist, and late last year we got the scoop on the direction this new Tomb Raider film would be taking. Producer Graham King told us what Lara’s new journey would entail,

“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”.

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With director Roar Uthaug going behind the camera right now the first images of Vikander as Lara Croft have emerged, and there’s a close comparison to be made with the recent iteration of the character from the video game.

AliciaVikanderDaily have the first images from the set – the physical aspects of the role are clearly front and centre in the early filming. Hope we’ll see a little more of the film in the first trailer.

Tomb Raider is due to be released on the 16th of March, 2018.