Catching Up With the Tomb Raider Movie

May 14, 2017 Kate Sykes 2 Comments

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.
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?

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  1. Well it looks good, and they've got a good cast. Some might the absence of Sam though, but then again this is a movie based on, and not a scene by scene recreation of the game. So fingers crossed that this breaks bad vibes about movies based on video games.

    PS I did enjoy the Angelina Jolie movies, but they seemed to good(-ish) rather than great.

    1. I agree. I was never a huge fan of the Angelina movies but I have high hopes for this. :D