It has been 14 years since Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft for the last time. Since then, Lara Croft has gone a long way in the video games. Her successful return in the reboot (2013) has let us imagine a wind of change for the franchise. And a possible new cinematic interpretation of the emblematic hero.
A few months ago the Oscar-winner actress Alicia Vikander made her role of Lara Croft official. With her fame and recent performances, Alicia Vikander seems to be the right actress to play Lara Croft, while interpretations of strong female characters are more and more regular, such as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games”, Tris Prior in “Divergente” or Rey in “Star Wars: the force awakens”.
Today, the actress revealed her role to Vanity Fair: “When I was asked to take on this role I got really excited—Lara Croft is a truly iconic character. I think people can identify with her for lots of different reasons, but for me I very much see her as a model for many young women. She’s trying to carve out her place in the world and connect her future with her past. She also has a fantastic mix of traits—tough, smart, vulnerable, plus she’s kick ass! She is also uniquely different to other characters I have taken on previously. It’s a lot of fun trying to get into Lara’s head and the challenge of getting to grips with such a physical role is an element of this project that I find an absolute thrill.”
Producer Graham King also revealed: “Alicia Vikander brings tremendous depth and vulnerability to this character, which is every bit as important as Lara Croft’s fierce strength, determination, and physicality. Our film takes Lara from her early origins, to the physical and emotional challenges through which she ultimately becomes the Tomb Raider. It’s a complex character, requiring a range of elements and Alicia brings all of that together brilliantly in her portrayal.” About the synopsis If you expect a new story far from the one of the reboot of 2013, closer to the classic Lara, you can go on your way… Indeed, the movie focuses on the youth of Lara Croft from the reboot. A choice from Roar Uthaug who liked the new directions taken in the reboot and the new “human” side of Lara Croft.
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
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
Yeahh!!! God damn, it’s been way toooo long since I had the chance for a
Lara shooting - but FINALLY!!! :-D Yeahh!! Lara is still part of my
soul and always will be! Always love you guys - even if I’m not online for a year ;-) It was such awesome fun! And pure action!! :-D Love, Milla
Tomb Raider Suite 18th December 2016 Hammersmith Apollo, London.
Composer Nathan McCree, who’s work on the original three Tomb Raider games is adored by fans worldwide. The music was nothing short of revolutionary for the time. Game soundtracks didn’t have classical music back then but McCree knew it’s what a character like Lara Croft needed to portray her beauty and elegance. Little did Nathan know, this music would shape the game audio industry forever.
Of course, the game soundtracks, though very convincing to the untrained ear, were all MIDI and samples so the idea of the pieces being played by a live orchestra was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I knew I had to experience.
There was no better way to celebrate Tomb Raider’s 20th anniversary than to host a live orchestra for the world famous music. It was the final Sunday before christmas and London was expectedly hectic. It was beautifully lit up and added to the main event of the evening, despite getting lost in the underground.
The evening’s host was none other than original Lara Croft voice actress Shelley Blond. It was quite surreal to hear her introducing the music and telling anecdotes.
This was my first experience seeing a live orchestra play and I was staggered by the sound. When the famous Tomb Raider motif soared through the hall, I was in a moment of disbelief that this was happening. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and City of London Choir performed with such passion. I have to say there where moments during the night where I could feel my eyes welling up with tears of nostalgia, and chills running through my body as I’m sure many other audience members were also experiencing.
One of the highlights of the evening was hearing one of the more popular tracks from Tomb Raider II, Venice. This is probably the most anticipated song of the evening judging by the instant applause as soon as the violin section soared into the motif.
It was great to hear some of Nathan’s unreleased works including one of his new compositions ‘In The Blood’ as well as a medley of motifs and shorter pieces of music from the three games. The whole night was a truly magical experience and I cannot wait for the release of the corresponding CD that is currently being crowd funded to go into production later this year.