The Tomb Raider series has been through a pretty vibrant revival of late. Most notably, this has been evidenced by two major console gaming releases, both of which helped to establish a spectacular new atmosphere for the beloved series. 2013's Tomb Raider and 2015's Rise Of The Tomb Raider were brilliant and visually incredible games that brought the adventurous character of Lara Croft to life for a new generation of gamers.
However, we've also learned that the series will be revived at the cinema as well. Alicia Vikander will be taking up the role that once belonged to Angelina Jolie, and according to Variety's
film news section, we can expect a release some time in 2018
. It will be co-produced by MGM and Warner Bros. and given the rising popularity of Vikander as well as the intensifying focus on game-to-film adaptations (we can thank this season's Assassin's Creed movie for that) there are already high expectations.
We still know very little about how this movie will be presented compared to past Tomb Raider efforts. However, the few details that we can glean at this stage suggest a film that will look and feel pretty different from the Jolie versions.
For one thing, Cinemablend
suggested at the end of September that there would be one very crucial difference between the previous series and the reboot. That is that the new films will take place on the modern timeline
, which is to say (it seems) the timeline of the 2013 and 2015 games. Those games showed a present day Croft that is a younger version of her who's just starting out in her career. Also, crucially, the modern Croft is more alone, forced to fend for herself with limited resources, whereas the Jolie version of Croft essentially had limitless resources.
Speaking to that second point, it certainly appears as if this version of Lara Croft also won't be wealthy. Riches aren't always the first thing that comes to mind when we think of this rugged explorer but she's actually among the wealthiest characters in fictional history
! That's not just speculation either. It was actually recorded in an entertaining chart composed by Lottoland
, a lottery gaming and prediction site that caters to our imaginations by occasionally writing about astronomical riches. Croft came in near the bottom of the list, but still boasts an estimated fortune that could make a lottery winner blush. In the modern games Croft's riches aren't emphasized at all and she's portrayed as having been cut off from her home life and forced to make her own way. This would certainly be a dramatic twist on the character given that when Angelina Jolie had the role she also had a butler!
Combining these two hints—that it's been revealed this version of Croft will live in the "modern timeline," and that the recent games have done away with her wealthy support system—we get a bit of an idea of how Vikander's version will differ from what we've already seen. This is going to be a more rugged, and perhaps more relatable Lara Croft, and that only makes us more excited for the film's release in 2018.