The first official look at Alicia Vikander in the “Tomb Raider” reboot is here! The first images, courtesy of Vanity Fair, show the first look at the new Lara Croft in her younger days.
The outlet also nabbed the official plot description for the movie, which is the following:
Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
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.
Per reports, “The Affair” actor Dominic West will play Vikander’s father, aristocrat and archaeologist Lord Richard Croft. West also played Vikander’s father in the 2014 film “Testament of Youth.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Into the Badlands” actor Daniel Wu will play Lu Ren. Ren is “a ship captain who teams with Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft on a quest to find her father.”
In addition, Walton Goggins is on board to play the villain in the film.
Vikander landed the part of Lara Croft in April of last year following a wide casting search for the role.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Danish Girl” will tackle the leading role first made famous by Angelina Jolie. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” breakout star Daisy Ridley was also rumored to be in contention for the part.
The Lara Croft character (based off of the character from the “Tomb Raider” video game franchise) was first seen on the big screen in 2001’s “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” The film starred Jolie, her father Jon Voight and then little-known star Daniel Craig. Jolie reprised her role in the 2003 sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” along with Gerard Butler. Another sequel was planned, but never officially materialized.
The new film is directed by Roar Uthaug, with Evan Daugherty and Geneva Robertson-Dworet on board for writing duties.
2015 was a breakout year for Vikander. She starred in the summer action flick “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” as well as in the critically acclaimed “Ex Machina.” She capped off the year with her Oscar-winning performance in “The Danish Girl.”
2016 was another good one for the actress. In addition to landing “Tomb Raider,” she starred in “Jason Bourne” and “The Light Between Oceans” over the summer.
Stay tuned for more plot and casting news for “Tomb Raider.” The film will release in theaters March 16, 2018.