A Hero Prepares to Find Herself in "Tomb Raider"

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes Tomb Raider starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander in the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.

Lara Croft, its tomb-raiding archaeologist heroine, is known around the world and has been for the more than 20 years since her first video game became a global smash. The character is loved by gamers everywhere but is also recognizable to millions who have never even picked up a controller. In this new Tomb Raider big-screen adventure, Lara’s boldness remains from her previous videogame and film incarnations, but the filmmakers are working to bring us a side of Lara Croft that we have never experienced on the big screen – an icon who is just finding her feet.

That realistic vibe proved a draw for director Roar Uthaug, the Norwegian filmmaker who balanced intimate character work with enormous action set pieces in the Scandinavian films The Wave and Escape. “This is a more down-to-earth Lara Croft than we’ve seen before on film, which appealed to me,” he tells us.

The filmmakers assembled a wealth of talent around Vikander, casting Dominic West, Kristin Scott Thomas, Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu in key roles. They hired Oscar winner Colleen Atwood to oversee the costumes and deliver Lara’s signature look, brought aboard Mad Max: Fury Road’s Junkie XL to create the music and arranged an international shoot that took the production from the wild coasts of South Africa to the heart of England.

The film’s production began on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.

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. 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.

Leaving everything she knows behind, Lara goes 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.

Tomb Raider is distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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