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Tomb Raider: Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft looks at death like an adventure in Trailer #2

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Jan 18, 2018

Remember how excited we got last September upon finally seeing the first trailer for Warner Bros.’ Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, in all her action-star glory? No? Were you kind of starting to forget about that? Well, put March 16 squarely back in your mind’s calendar, because trailer #2 just dropped, and it's time to double down on the excitement.

Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave) and co-starring Hannah John-Kamen (Killjoys), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient), Walton Goggins (Ant-Man and the Wasp), Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands), and Dominic West (The Wire, 300), the film is a reboot after two earlier films starring Angelina Jolie playing Croft, a character first introduced in 1996 by Core Design’s action-adventure video game for PC, PlayStation, and Sega Saturn.

Square Enix eventually took ownership of both Core Design and the rights, and rebooted the game series in 2013. This film -- and its younger, grittier, yet still archealogically inclined protagonist in both a survival and origin story -- is based on that reboot.

 

And at least in the trailer, we certainly get some of the origin story, as we find Lara back home in England, thinking about her dad, Lord Richard Croft (West), who mysteriously disappeared years ago. She bookishly deduces the whereabout of his last adventure, an island in the middle of the dangerous Devil's Sea. Though her friend Lu Ren (Wu) strongly advises her against travelling there, as "death is not an adventure," that's where she heads anyways. 

But when Lara miraculously defies imminent death (for the  first of many times in this trailer) and lands on the island where her father disappeared, his old colleague and current global genocide practicioner, Vogel (Scoggins), is there to greet her. And that's when things really get dangerous.  

Check out new trailer above, and let us know what you think in the comments!