The new film promises to explore the swashbuckling archaeologist and adventurer's origin story and early exploits

By Oliver Gettell
March 28, 2017 at 12:12 PM EDT
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Tomb Raider (2018)

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Get a load of the new Lara Croft.

Warner Bros. and MGM have released the first official photos of Alicia Vikander in the Tomb Raider reboot, which promises to explore the swashbuckling archaeologist and adventurer’s origin story and early exploits.

Clad in a gray tank top and olive-drab cargo pants, a rugged-looking Vikander brandishes a bow and arrow in the woods in one photo and faces off with a mysterious figure on the beach in another.

An official synopsis for the film released Tuesday reads:

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 raider.

Coming a decade and a half after Angelina Jolie last laced up Croft’s boots, this new Tomb Raider is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave), who mined the franchise’s recent video games for material.

“We drew a lot of inspiration and reference from the [2013] game and the entire Tomb Raider canon to develop our world, and I believe fans will recognize that,” Uthaug told GQ recently. “At the same time, this is a completely different theatrical approach to Lara Croft that will offer something new in the origin and development of the character. It’s a story that not only highlights her incredible physical accomplishments but delves deeper into her humanity.”

For her part, Vikander told Vanity Fair she sees Croft 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!”

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Tomb Raider is slated to hit theaters March 16, 2018.

Tomb Raider (2018)

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  • PG-13
  • Roar Uthaug