There's no secret that Lara Croft the Tomb Raider will be back next year in a brand new origin film, but what's catching us by surprise is just how much the film's second trailer kicks more ass than the first, and how amazing Alicia Vikander looks as Lara. It seems that Indiana Jones has finally got a female counterpart.
The rebooting of Lara Croft Tomb Raider began — appropriately considering where she was introduced in the first place — as a video game in 2013. Noah Hughes, the creative director of that game, sat down for an interview with London’s Telegraph to detail the thinking behind said reboot.
“It started with a general sense that we really wanted to do something fresh this time around,” he explained. “We wanted to give the fans something they could enjoy and be proud of, but we also needed to make something that would force lapsed-fans and non-fans to give Tomb Raider a second look. Re-introducing people to a new more human version of Lara was our starting point. We also knew that we would evolve each of our core gameplay systems to deliver a more engaging experience on the sticks.
“Lara,” he continued, “would still be a brilliant, resourceful, and athletic, archaeologist with an indomitable force of will. She would engage in climbing, exploring, solving puzzles, and fighting baddies. In essence Lara and Tomb Raider would remain a pure expression of action adventure gaming. This classic essence would be seen through the fresh lens of a survival-themed origin story. Through this lens we could re-introduce audiences to a more human and relatable Lara Croft.”
It’s a move that obviously paid off, with the reboot of the game inspiring a new line of comics from Dark Horse that began in 2014, and this new film series launching next year with Alicia Vikander in the title role. Like most franchises, Tomb Raider has has its ebbs and flows over the past two decades, but the basic concep, from game designer Toby Gard, remains true. In the beginning, Gard had a very distinct notion in mind for the character.
“Lara was based on elements of Indiana Jones, Tank Girl and, people always say, my sister,” Gard related to the Independent. “She was supposed to be this strong woman, this upper-class adventurer. The rules at the time were: if you’re going to make a game, make sure the main character is male and make sure he’s American, otherwise it won’t sell in America. Those were the rules coming down from the marketing men. So I thought, ‘Ah, I know how to fix this. I’ll make the bad guys all American and the lead character female and as British as I can make her.’”
Our sister site Empireonline has a new look at the film, as well as an interview with Alicia Vikander, who comments, “We asked, ‘What are the famous traits of this person? How can we demonstrate them in the story, but make her feel like a young woman in 2018?’”
As Gard commented above, while it may have been his intention to flip corporate thinking the proverbial bird, his instincts were obviously spot on, as the wide-ranging resulting franchise—spreading from games to feature films, comic books, novels, and an animated series—has proven itself a formidable one. What follows is FHM’s look at it all, from the first game in 1996 to next year’s theatrical reboot.
The new Tomb Raider will premiere on March 16, 2018.
Lead image via YouTube.
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