Hot on the heels of last night’s trailer debut, Warner Bros. has released a lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), the video game adaptation tells the origin story of Lara Croft, with Oscar-winning The Danish Girl actress Alicia Vikander taking on the lead role. A 21-year-old bike courier in East London who refuses to follow in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps, Croft leaves behind her old life and goes in search of her father’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island off the coast of Japan.
This featurette shows off a lot of behind-the-scenes footage, and it’s great to see Uthaug’s use of practical sets and stunts instead of shooting everything against a greenscreen. But the real focus is on Vikander, who went through a rigorous physical transformation to morph into the incredibly strong and agile Lara Croft. Even co-star Walton Goggins remarks that Vikander made him embarrassed to take his shirt off, given how strong she got for the role. Indeed, it looks to be an incredibly physically demanding part, and I’m excited to see someone like Vikander leading a big action franchise like this.
Check out the behind-the-scenes featurette below. Scripted by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel), the film also stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu. Tomb Raider opens in theaters on March 16, 2018.
Here’s the official synopsis for Tomb Raider:
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.