First Official Photos of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in TOMB RAIDER and Plot Synopsis

Thanks to Vanity Fair, we have our first official look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider film, and I think she looks great in the role! She's one of the main reasons why I'm excited about this movie. There are three photos here for you to check out. We previously saw some images of her on the set of the film, and as you can see, she's sporting the look inspired by the 2013 video game reboot. When talking about taking on this iconic role, the actress said:

"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 went on to talk about what Vikander brings to the role and about the story a bit saying:

“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.”

The film will follow Lara on her first expedition in which she will finish her father's research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name. It was previously revealed that Croft’s father, Lord Richard Croft, is "a key figure in the Raider mythos and is an aristocrat and archeologist." Here's the official plot synopsis that was released:

“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.”

The Wire's Dominic West is set to play Croft's father and Walton Goggins is set to play the villain. Tomb Raider is being directed by Roar Uthaugh and is set to be released on March 16th, 2018. 

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