Warner Bros. has released another action-packed two-minute trailer for the gritty new Tomb Raider reboot film, a cinematic adaptation of the much-loved video game series from Square Enix, starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander. Thankfully, it sheds even more light on the survival skills Lara Croft will need to use in the movie.
The second trailer makes it very clear that director Roar Uthag took inspiration from the reboot games for the film. In fact, it might be the most faithful game-to-film adaptations yet. Like the popular games, the film’s heroine will solve puzzles, use makeshift weapons to defend herself, navigate high-speed waterfalls and, of course, raid tombs. It shows a more grounded Lara Croft – who is a survivor – rather than the trigger-happy badass she was in the original franchise.
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.
Alicia Vikander is joined by an impressive cast that includes Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, and Alexandre Willaume.