Geekery: New Tomb Raider Teaser

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Lara Croft gets an origins story in–take a look at the first teaser for Tomb Raider.

Check out the trailer below, that shows off Alicia Vikander in all her glory as she shoots a bow, falls into water, and presumably raids a tomb.

There’s not much else to go on. Here’s the official synopsis via Warner Brothers:

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.

So we’ll get to see how Lara Croft goes from aimless 21 year old whose life (minus the trendy East London locale and bike courier) sounds distressingly familiar–to video game icon. This synopsis is weird though. I mean I get that they want to sell the movie–and that action adjectives are an explosive way to catch the quicksilver attention of eagle-eyed readers. But I don’t know that blind faith is how I’d characterize Ms. Croft. She’s got other assets–

–like the strength and willpower to punch out a shark, geez don’t be gross. But sure, whatever, blind faith that her dad is okay (and TOTALLY didn’t disappear for some sinister reasons and she has to fight him, or stop him, or confront him, or find out that he was swept away in some weird Dan Brown-esque conspiracy but for archaeology instead of religion) is all just an excuse to send her out into the world to raid some tombs. So let’s see what this brings us!

She may learn, like Dr. Jones, that there’s no time for Love in the end.

  • EnTyme

    WTF is up with her neck? Seriously. How is Alicia Vikander not attractive enough for these Hollywood douchenozzles? Does she really require photoshopping so badly you turn her into some sort of giraffe-human hybrid?

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      • frankelee

        Tomb Raider: Dawn of AAAAAAAAAAAIDS!!!

  • Davis Centis

    Part Giraffe, part Owl, all woman. Tomb Raider – The Craned Neck of Infinite Back Problems

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    What happened to her neck..?

  • GrenAcid

    I think games spoiled me and I was expecting some kind of a noob sweetface Lara first, this one look like triathlon runner and I dont buy her. Nothing wrong(neck!) but I dont feel it.

  • Crablezworth

    She’s a talented actor, I’m not sure of the “physicality” for the role though.

  • Severius_Tolluck

    so sounds like they are using elements from tomb raider origins? Well that game was so good it was like a movie. Maybe not as good as uncharted 2 – 3, but pretty good.

  • af

    Why do we need a Tomb Raider reboot?

    • petrow84

      Because 2 generations have grown up, who were to young to see the disastrous first (and especially, 2nd) attempt.

  • Boondox

    At least they finally found someone attractive to play Lara Croft….

  • “takes college courses, rarely making it to class” what the …?
    Lara always was a badass nerd, studying every old text she got into her fingers, and could read dozends of ancient languages,