Official Tomb Raider (2018) Film Trailer is Here!!!


Official poster featuring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.
It's finally here!!!
The first footage of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot starring a fierce and very athletic looking Alicia Vikander!

Late last night GMT, the leading lady appeared on The Late Late Show for the world premiere of the trailer which was very well received by the audience....oh and James Corden cosplayed Lara.

She also took part in IGN's special live stream in which she talked about her history with the Tomb Raider games, answered some fan questions and shared stories from the set.

Kate's Thoughts on the Trailer

As we see in the new silver screen Wonder Woman, times are changing for the better for female characters in film. Some think we no longer need characters like Bridget Jones. What we do need are strong, independent and sometimes, even, rebellious women to set a positive example for young girls and women world wide to challenge those segments of society and say "yes I can and I will".
I've not yet seen "Wonder Woman" myself but everything that I have seen about it gave me confidence that this is a female superhero film done right.
I feel the same about the new Tomb Raider trailer. This is a young woman with no superpowers nor a greek god for a father. She isn't a billionaress and doesn't have a private plane to take her where-ever she wants whenever she wants. She's a girl from London with a difficult past and uncertain future who just has her intellect and relentless fighting spirit to go after the things she wants. I guess that makes her a different kind of superhero.
What I also like the look of is that everything is so similar to the reboot games but they've gone one step further. Alicia's Lara already has the physicality and the personality from the classics that everyone associates with the character.
That brings me to my other point.
As someone who is passionate about the film industry, Alicia Vikander is an inspiration in her own right.
She literally threw herself into this role, building her body up through intense workouts in the months leading up to filming and then pushed herself to the limits by using her dance background to do almost all of the stunts herself!
Just take a look at this behind the scenes featurette...


I believe this is who Lara Croft needs to be now and I have a strong feeling that this could be the perfect Tomb Raider movie!

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Nicobass' Tomb Raider 2 Remake Released!!!



20 years after the release of the second Tomb Raider game, Nicobass has granted fans' wishes and has brought us his own next generation remake, of the first section to be precise, set in and around the illustrious Great Wall of China. A project that started in early 2016, a group of Tomb Raider community members from the world over teamed up to make this happen; with Jennifer Milward being the voice of Lara Croft, Alexandre Serel writing the script and Dean Kopri composing the incredible score. Also, the beautiful background on the main menu and loading screens are by our very talented header designer, Inna Vjuzhanina.

A fanmade level on this scale has never before been seen and this has created a huge buzz amongst the fans, embracing it as if it were an official title. In the first 24 hours alone, the download link crashed as a result of too much traffic!

It's certainly a work of art from start to finish with rich and beautifully realistic enviroments, complex  puzzles and extremely hidden secrets! The play style is very much inspired by Crystal Dynamics' pre-reboot games, as if it follows on from Tomb Raider: Anniversary, but with more obscure pathways.

If you have a PC or if you watch a playthrough video, you're in for a treat!
You can download the level on the website here.
Also, be sure to check out the Facebook page.

TDD's Top 5 Tomb Raider Cosplay Performances



Cosplay is one of the most prominent creative outlets in the Tomb Raider community.
It shows fans from all over the world that they can transform into their hero, no matter who they are.
From this comes countless different takes on that character where we are freed from the official "canon".
A good example of that is when cosplayers take part in friendly competition with performances.
With great difficulty, we have narrowed down five of our favourite Tomb Raider cosplay performances to showcase, otherwise we'll be here all day!
So, without further ado....

#5

The evolution of Lara Croft feauturing French cosplayers Lili Dîn as Young Lara Croft from The Last Revelation, Julie Peugeot (AKA CosplayLaraCroft) as Classic Lara and Manou (AKA Kyrati Couture) as Tomb Raider Underworld Lara. 
We love this nostalgic concept and the wonderful costumes! Not to mention Julie's kick-butt moves!

#4

The Angel of Darkness - *Sigh* Why can't these two ever get along?
Despite a couple of wardrobe malfunctions, the great performances from Ukrainian cosplayers Tanya Croft and her boyfriend Alex as Lara and Kurtis Trent combined with very impressive combat kept us engaged from beginning to end!

#3

Ever wondered what would happen if Lara wandered into Mortal Kombat? Well, you're about to find out! All these cosplayers stayed in character the whole time, up until the moment they took a bow in front of a well received audience.
Besides, who doesn't love crossovers?
Featuring Tif (AKA Illyne) as Guardian of Light Lara, Hervé Juncker as SubZero and Jonathan (AKA Cosplay Quest) as Scorpion at Paris Manga 2011.

#2

Tomb Raider: Underworld - This is possibly the closest to a professional stunt show than any other cosplay performance we've seen!
Very tight choreography and dramatic scenes from Italian cosplayers Virginia (AKA JillStyler) as Lara and Selene as the Doppelgänger.
There's no wonder they won "Best Choreography"!


#1

Reboot Lara discovers the hard way that her past isn't going away so easily!
Our #1 favourite has to be this original and creative performance by Belgian cosplayers Visual Aurelie and Marine (AKA Tsukichan Cosplay). Very fitting for the 20th anniversary last year and leaves a die hard fan with all the feels!!
Well deserved win in the group category!


Let us see your cosplay performances and your favourites!

Lara Croft Models: Where are they now?




In 1996, during the promotion of the first Tomb Raider game, four models including Katie Price were hired by Eidos to dress as Lara Croft at ECTS (European Computer Trade Show - the UK's largest gaming convention at the time) to pose with fans and give out goodies. Following it's popularity, one of those models, Natalie Cook, soon became the face of the new fictional heroine every gamer loved and therefore set the mark for a new initiative for live-action Laras which would go on until 2010.
In this article, we explore what happened to those eight ladies since donning the iconic ensemble.

NATALIE COOK (TOMB RAIDER 1)


There is very little information about Natalie Cook after she retired from tomb raiding but in November 2016 for the franchise's 20th anniversary, she was a special guest at Play Expo in Manchester, UK, for which she wore her original costume and took photos with fans on both days. She was also a judge in the cosplay competition.

Here she is posing with our very own Kate Sykes!


RHONA MITRA (TOMB RAIDER II)


Don't think we need to tell you what happened to English actress Rhona Mitra's career after she hung up her Lara boots but incase you missed it...
Mitra dove into playing a long string of strong female characters in films such as "Shooter",  "Doomsday", "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" and "Hard Target 2".
She has also acted in a number of TV series, her most recent role being Dr. Rachel Scott in "The Last Ship".
From left to right: Doomsday, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Strike Back, Hard Target 2.
Find out more on her IMDb page.

NELL MCANDREW (TOMB RAIDER III)


McAndrew had a successful career in glamour modelling following being "Tomb Raider III"'s official model. She was a TV presenter on "Racing Rivals", "Born to Fight", "It's a Knockout" and "The Big Breakfast".
Moving into fitness, McAndrew made a few instruction videos, the first of which "Peak Energy", released in 2002, became a best seller.
She has run in many a marathon and for the 2008 Great North Run, she even dressed as Wonder Woman for charity. In March 2012, McAndrew became the first woman to cross the finish line in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run.
Last year, she released "Nell McAndrew's Guide to Running".

LARA WELLER (TR4: THE LAST REVELATION)


Again, it's unclear what Lara Weller has been doing in the years before and after the 10th anniversary photoshoot with four of the other Lara models but that same year, she stepped back into the Croft persona to help a friend open his game shop MadForce and did an informal interview reflecting on her days in the role.

See tombraidercollection.com's exclusive video here...

LUCY CLARKSON (TR5: CHRONICLES)


The youngest of the models, taking on the role at the age of just 17, Clarkson said in an intervew with GameTap that she "modelled herself on Lara Croft".
Having suffered from an eating disorder, she became a spokeswoman againgst "size zero" and a campaigner for healthy living.
She was a regular presenter on BBC News 24 and is a celebrity patron for SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad).
Lucy now lives in Miami where she is still modelling and does fitness instruction.
She sings too. You can listen to her cover of the Spice Girls' "2 Become 1" here...
Last year, in full Lara style, Lucy accepted a challenge from This is Fashionable to learn how to power surf!


JILL DE JONG (TR6: THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS)


Jill de Jong moved to the US and aside from modelling, ventured into acting, appearing in several commercials which you can see some of in her showreel here...
She also starred in an independant film about a female assassin entitled "Jillian".
De Jong then moved to focus on models' well being and founded the "Models Do Eat" initiative, providing food recipes and health coaching.
For this, she interviewed non other than Lucy Clarkson whom she struck up a friendship with after they met up in their home state of Miami.

KARIMA MCADAMS (TRs: LEGEND & ANNIVERSARY)


Then known as Karima Adebibe, she took on the role following the development take-over from Crystal Dynamics.
The first speaking Lara who did training in fire-arms and in combat with the SAS, she promoted Legend and the 10th anniversary remake of the first game.
After that, she continued modelling and also appeared in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" and "Vikings".
She turned to focus on her acting career, studying in New York City and is currently attending LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art).
Very recently, she played the role of Miriam Attar in the ITV drama, "Fearless"
in which she acted alongside Helen McCrory.

ALISON CARROLL (TR8: UNDERWORLD)


Known as "the live-action Lara Croft", action being the key word, Carroll incorporated her years of gymnastics experience into the role with a special routine she performed in character while on tour.
After over 2 years as the final model, she continued her passion for acting, appearing in "The Kid" and "The Gridiron". She also starred in independent films, "Live is an Art" and "Amsterdam Heavy".
She also founded "The Lightning School of Gymnastics" and choreographed the winning junior team at the British National Championships.  

You may see her as another certain action herione...

Most recently, she did the motion-capture for the main character of Aloy in the PS4 game "Horizon: Zero Dawn".


We think it's clear to see that aspects of who Lara Croft is have rubbed off on these ladies' lives and careers in one way or another.

Who was your favourite model? Let us know!

Tomb Raider Suite - The Album!!!


One of two official artwork designs featuring Classic Lara!
Following the success of the 20th Anniversary live concert in London last Christmas, composer Nathan McCree has set out to record an album with a live orchestra at the one and only Abbey Road Studies but he can't do it without the help of the fans!

A Kickstarter campaign was recently launched and has so far raised £121,900 out of the final goal of £160,000. If you wish to donate, you can get your hands on some exclusive merchandise, a VIP invite to launch parties both in the UK and the US with Nathan himself and some special guests! Even a seat at Abbey Road to see the recording!

Found out more on the website.

The campaign has 3 days left and it's all or nothing so if you are unable to donate, please help spread the word.
Thank you!


The Digger's Daugher is 1 Year Old Today + Giveaway!



Today marks the 1 year anniversary of TTD's launch and to celebrate, we're hosting a giveaway!!!!

For your chance to win this collectible Larazade t-shirt, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments below or on our Facebook page...

Tomb Raider first partnered with the energy drink Lucozade in 1998 and the campaign ran until the end of Core Design's development of the games in 2002. Late on in the campaign, commercials appeared showing various women in their home town embracing Lara's spirit in full, leaving onlookers bewildered.
What was the catchfrase of those commercials?

You have until next Monday (12th June) to enter. Good luck, Raiders!

Catching Up With the Tomb Raider Movie



While we were away, filming for the new movie reboot got underway with a full body of cast. It was particularly enjoyable to see all the Instagram posts from director, Roar Uthaug.
Here's what we missed...

Cast Announcements
December 2016 - Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django: Unchained) was announced as the villan. According to IMDb, his character name is Mathias Vogel!
January 2017 - Daniel Wu (Warcraft: The Beginning) was announced as a new character and ship captain, Lu Ren who aids Lara Croft on her journey.
January 2017 - Danish actor, Alexandre Willaume announced on his Instagram that he was working on the project.
January 2017 - English actor, Dominic West (300, The Wire, 28 Days, Finding Dory) was announced to be taking on the important role of Lara's father, Lord Richard Croft!

January 2017
Message to mark the start of filming in Cape Town, South Africa, on 23rd January 2017.
Message from producer and director.
FEBRUARY 2017
Birthday wishes for Lara on 14th February with a shot of the leading lady's on set chair.
MARCH 2017
The first official in character photos of Alicia Vikander were released!
The costume is very similar to that in the 2013 game but perhaps more practical for the stunts Vikander had to do and now with a quiver that fastens around the waist.
We even see her holding the red Rebel climbing axe. In any case, she looks like she's not to be messed with!



The photos were accompanied by the film's synopsis...
"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.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, “Tomb Raider” is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.
The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”), with Oscar-winner Graham King (“The Departed”) producing under his GK Films banner. The film’s production begins on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal."

Seasoned composer, James Newton Howard (Sixth Sense, The Dark Knight, Maleficent, The Hunger Games and many more!) was also announced to be doing the film's score.

APRIL 2017
Glympse of a new character?...
Wrap on actor, Alexandre Willaume.
MAY 2017
Last day on set for actor, Daniel Wu.
Marking the end of filming in South Africa.
Now we have heard rumours that Alicia Vikander has been seen doing cycling scenes in the streets of London and at what looks to be the new Croft Manor; old Tudor mansion, Wilton House...

Certainly looks the part, don't you think?