Tomb Raider Movie Set To Launch In March, 2018
(Last Updated On: July 11, 2016)

A movie reboot based on a reboot of Tomb Raider is set to launch in March, 2018. They already have a star lined up in Alicia Vikander, from Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, and the director will be Roar Uthaug from The Wave.

Slashgear is reporting that the movie will portray a “younger” Lara Croft, so it’s either going to be like these rebooted games under the Square Enix label, or maybe it’ll be like Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation, where Lara starts off in her mid-teens kicking butt, taking names, and escaping falling boulders.

Lara in Tomb Raider IV was decidedly far tougher and more of a go-getter than the Lara portrayed in the two newer rebooted games from 2013 and 2015, respectively.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

My biggest issue with the new Lara is that she’s terribly whiny and concerned greatly about the well being of her friends, but doesn’t hesitate to mow down hundreds of guys… just barely removed from crying while doing so.

The new games were made to appeal to third-wave feminists, but their tone and characterizations are inconsistent and off balance. Hopefully the new movie from Uthaug will be closer to the Angelina Jolie films, which despite being goofy and corny, were at least fast, fun and lighthearted.

In fact, the Jolie Tomb Raider films, from 2001 and 2003, are closer to what the Uncharted video games are like. It boggles my mind how Naughty Dog managed to capture more of the spirit of Tomb Raider than Crystal Dynamics were able to do.

Anyway, the only thing I’m curious about is if this will be a fun PG-13 action-adventure romp, or will it be a grim-dark survival tale like the rebooted games? I also wonder if they’re going to go full SJW with their portrayal of Lara… or will they reinvent her in the image of what made her popular in the first place? Time will tell.

(Main image courtesy of ScoRPioOo)

Ads (learn more about our advertising policies here)


Billy has been rustling Jimmies for years covering video games, technology and digital trends within the electronics entertainment space. The GJP cried and their tears became his milkshake. Need to get in touch? Try the Contact Page.

  • Connor Hotzwik

    Wait why wouldn’t the use the attractive competent real life actress Camilla ludington.
    You know the one who voiced this Lara and did mocap for it already.

    Not that I have anything against Alicia.

    • It’s Hollyweird… and their whole philosophy centers around who knows who and who’s the new “It” girl. Ludington may have some clout as Lara, but I’m guessing they’re looking for the next Angelina Jolie.

      • Connor Hotzwik

        I suppose so, Alicia hasn’t been in anything to make me think she’s “it” right now. Though getting a robot to play this Lara would be pretty accurate.
        And for all I know they asked Camilla she just said no. Seems like a missed opertunity is all.

        • I still feel like the biggest missed opportunity was not getting Rhona Mitra to be Lara. She literally looked just like the old video game Lara, which was pretty cool. She had the body, the attitude and the sex appeal. But these days it’s all about ideological agendas so I wouldn’t doubt it if this new Tomb Raider was little more than an academic’s sociopolitical wet dream.

          • Connor Hotzwik

            That’s pretty uncanny yah.

            Though a reemagining of Lara where she’s more of an academic then an uncharted murderer could be interesting.

            They’ld botch it terribly though.

            (What’s also funny is that the first reboot game fits perfectly into an anti feminist sexist reading and “they” never attacked it outside of that one trailer. Never played the second so I can’t say if it followed suit.)

          • Ehh, the first game was a little less silly than the second. In the first at least her psychopathy could be explained away by being trapped on an island with dudes trying to kill her friends.

            The second game tried to adopt this strange dichotomy between Lara trying to be non-violent while at the same time mowing down hundreds of guys in the process. Both games suffered from an identity crisis and dissonance between characterization and gameplay. However, the second really makes it clear that trying to inject feminist ideals of characters seeking non-violence while being surrounded by violence is just head-scratching.

            I have no idea what direction they’re going to take the movie. The average movie goer isn’t going to want to see a movie about Lara trying to constantly talk everyone down from violence while being hurt or damaged for an hour and a half. Also, it’s going to be a real departure for a lot of people if they spend the entire film with a “vulnerable” Lara who spends a lot of time crying and whining about her situation.

            Most people go in expecting a female James Bond, but this new Lara lacks confidence, cries a lot, and doesn’t like violence. It’s the perfect mixture for a flop.

          • Connor Hotzwik

            And if it flops they’ll offhandedly blame it on being a video game adaptation rather then a poorly written inconsistent mess with no coherent themes or intent.

            You know, like nearly (nearly) all video game films.

  • C G Saturation

    Another? Geez, they aren’t even trying to do anything new.
    See you in another 10 more years for yet another “reboot”.

  • Can’t wait to see a flat-chested, non-sexy, sexual-appeal-devoid Lara Croft saying “I can do this” “I am strong” “I don’t need no man” over and over again.

    Not to mention the mainstream feminist media praising it and glorifying it in the name of “social justice”, “progressivism” and “diversity”.

    “I also wonder if they’re going to go full SJW with their portrayal of Lara”

    I guarantee you that’ll be who they pander to. Because if they don’t, well I’m sure you know what happens with the mainstream media William.

    • Reaper of Salt

      Women who’re flat chested is grave sin, a heinous crime, a blight on this world. They should be purged. All of them.

  • Olivia

    My biggest issue with the new Lara is that she’s terribly whiny and concerned greatly about the well being of her friends, but doesn’t hesitate to mow down hundreds of guys… just barely removed from crying while doing so. Because the men were trying to kill her so she had to kill them. But I agree they should have her used more emotion.

  • Horrorstorm

    Lara Croft played by a flat chested actress smh

    • Olivia

      Because she the younger lara,not the adult lara