If you only associate the name Lara Croft with the 20-plus-years-old, polygonal PlayStation version or Angelina Jolie’s big-screen version, you may not recognize the Lara Croft above. The gaming franchise was rebooted a few years ago, and while she underwent an obvious redesign, the character herself also went through significant changes. Now she’s less of a wannabe Indiana Jones and more of a woman thrust into a survival scenario that ultimately puts her on a course with her father’s adventurer legacy.
This new Lara Croft is the version the new Tomb Raider from The Wave director Roar Uthaug is based on. It stars Alicia Vikander, and Vanity Fair just debuted the first official look at Vikander in the reinvented role, which clearly hews close to the digital version above.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) March 27, 2017
Vanity Fair not only got the first look, but it also offers up a little bit of background for the character. If you’ve played the recent games, this will sound familiar, but the new movie will find Lara Croft seeking out her father’s last-known location on a remote island. Things go south on the island, and Lara finds herself in a life-or-death scenario. It will likely be a while before we get a trailer for the movie, but here’s the intro from the 2013 game reboot.
Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018.