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New Tomb Raider movie based on 2013 reboot, says Lara Croft actress Alicia Vikander

According to actress Alicia Vikander, the new Tomb Raider movie will be an adaptation of the 2013 videogame reboot developed by Crystal Dynamics and published by Square Enix.

Vikander will be starring in the action-adventure flick as heroine Lara Croft, and said that the film is aiming to bring out the more emotional side to the character, as witnessed in the critically acclaimed game penned by Rhianna Pratchett. 

They told me they were doing the film based on the reboot of the game from 2013,” said Vikander. “That is more of an origin story. You get into an emotional aspect of getting to know Lara hopefully in an in-depth way.

So I hope that doing a film of the rebooted game will bring something new and fresh that’ll stand on its own two legs.” 

The new Tomb Raider film is scheduled to hit cinemas in March 2018. Further cast and plot details are being kept under wraps at present. 

Angelina Jolie previously starred as Lara Croft in the original Tomb Raider films, which included 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and the Cradle of Life. 

In related news, the latest entry in the videogame series, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, is scheduled to hit PlayStation 4 on October 11, 2016. The game includes all previously released DLC, plus a host of new content, including PlayStation VR support, a new single-player mission, and extra outfits.

Tomb Raider was originally released on the PlayStation, PC, and Sega Saturn back in fall 1996, and celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The series quickly became synonymous with Sony’s home console in the late 90s, and went on to sell 45 million units of software worldwide.