It’s been 13 years now since we saw Angelina Jolie take on the iconic role appearing originally in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 followed by the sequel (which also starred a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in 2003. Earlier this year it was announced that Oscar winning actor and all-round lovely lady Alicia Vikander would take on the title role and we here at HeyUGuys are rather excited about it!

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Vikander shot to fame in recent years starring in the likes of Ex Machina, Jason Bourne and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. but it was The Danish Girl starring opposite Eddie Redmayne that propelled her into the limelight (unless of course you’d seen Ex Machina then you knew there as something special about her).  Her relatively short career peaked this year after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. To add to the awards and a stunning set of performances, she is now one half of Hollywood’s most powerful couples as she and her The Light Between Oceans co-star Michael Fassbender are officially together (see our interview with the pair here).

We recently caught up with powerhouse Producer Graham King for his World War II movie Allied (out this Friday 25th November). During the interview asked him about a couple of his future projects. He gave us some great info on The Departed TV series spin-off (which you can see here) as well as giving us a little insight into what we can expect from the next instalment in Tomb Raider.

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Producer Graham King Interview

When asked what we can expect from this new movie and how the tone would differ from the Angelina Jolie movies, he said (full video below):

“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”.

I think we always knew that the story would be going back to the origins of Lara Croft but it now sounds like the adventure begins with Croft hunting for her father. Time will tell exactly where we’ll be heading but no doubt it’ll be a great adventurous ride along the way.

Click this way for the full interview with Graham and you can see all our Allied coverage in this handy link here including an interview with Director Robert Zemeckis.

  • Chris

    I’m so tired of this. Another rehash of the plot from the first movie, and every single TR game since Crystal took over. This will be the FOURTH telling of that story. (Count them: TR Movie, Legend, TR 2013, TR Reboot Movie.)

    How many more times are we going to be subject to this method of reboot? This same focus on Lara’s parents? Either make a game or a film where THEY are the protagonists, or tell us a story about Lara. She is not her parents. She is not Richard.
    Lara Croft should not live in anyone’s shadow.

    Even if this isn’t the plot, and simply the “motivation”, it’s still the same story over and over. And frankly, it’s not a good enough motivation for Lara. Stop trying to inject family issues into Tomb Raider, because they do not belong there. Lara’s story has been done in such better ways. Throw her into a situation she has caused and explore her character by her reactions and her struggle to right her own wrong. Look at the Last Revelation. Look at Angel of Darkness (no really, get off your high horse and study it). Look at how Lara interacts with a rich cast of diverse characters. These are personal stories to Lara, full of emotion in their own right, that goes well beyond the surface. Oh, and there’s not a parent in sight.

    And to be honest, after so many years and countless rewrites of a script, yes – I did have hope for this film. After countless rewrites I did expect something new, original, and unexplored. So to read that this reboot movie will deal yet again with Lara’s “personal” family drama is a punch in the face. It screams so obviously of a script written by someone who either doesn’t know who Lara Croft should be, or someone who is trying to re-re-re-re-invent her. Either way, someone who has no idea what they’re doing when it comes to Lara. This is not commentary on their abilities, merely their ‘vision’.

    I’m sure Alicia Vikander will pour her heart into the role. But with this story and motivation? I have zero confidence in this movie and it’s plot while it revolves around daddy issues. We’ve been there, we’ve done that, try again.
    Lara deserves better.