Alicia Vikander as Tomb Raider
[Source: SyfyWire] Norwegian director Roar Uthaug's (The Wave) live-action take on the iconic video game character is taking us back to Lara Croft’s early beginnings. The new movie will be based on Square Enix’s 2013 rebooted Tomb Raider game, which sees a young and green Lara Croft in an epic struggle for survival in her first action-packed adventure. A second game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, followed suit on X-Box One and PS4.
Here’s a detailed story synopsis (via the good folks at Digital Spy) which confirms the upcoming action-adventure film will stick pretty close to the new game’s storyline, which was set on a mysterious island off the coast of Japan called Yamatai:
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.