Tomb Raider trailer and featurette give Lara Croft a gritty origin story

Alicia Vikander is pretty damn badass in the first Tomb Raider trailer

After a poster that was frankly…misguided, the new Tomb Raider film has released a trailer and a featurette that are a lot more impressive, showing off the origin story of Lara Croft and Alicia Vikander delivering what looks like a very impressive physical performance in the lead role. Check it out below:

The featurette focuses on how brilliant Vikander is, which is fair enough, we all saw Ex Machina.

The trailer looks like it’s sticking fairly closely to the recent excellent game, which makes a lot of sense, and the supporting cast is really very strong (Kristin Scott Thomas and Nick Frost popping up was a bit of a surprise). This happens every year, but…is this going to be the first excellent video game film? We probably just jinxed it, didn’t we?

“Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.”

The film is written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (who was recently brought onto Captain Marvel), and is directed by Roar Uthaug, who made the Norwegian box-office smash The Wave and the excellent slasher Cold Prey.

Vikander (Ex Machina) stars as Lara Croft, and she’s joined in the film by Dominic West (The WirePride), Walton Goggins (The Hateful EightJustified), Daniel Wu (WarcraftInto The Badlands) and rising star Hannah John-Kamen (KilljoysReady Player One, Ant-Man And The Wasp).

Tomb Raider is in cinemas from 16 March 2018. Get all the latest fantasy news with every issue of SciFiNow.