ByJack Carr, writer at
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Jack Carr

One of the most exciting developments from Gamescom 2015 was the release of the Rise of the Tomb Raider demo. The game hails from Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics, with a release set for this year on Xbox One and 2016 on PS4.

What do we know about the game?

Well, there's going to be a whole load of challenges thrown Lara's way by Mother Nature, as if you'd expect anything less. In the previous Tomb Raider game, we saw Lara advance, becoming more capable of and willing to kill in order to survive. Expect more of that, particularly with the new weapons the game will bring to the table - such as a hunting knife to fend off stealth attackers - and improvised weapons found in the harsh landscapes Lara must do battle in.

Lara Croft finds herself in the wilds of Siberia
Lara Croft finds herself in the wilds of Siberia

The story takes Lara to the most extreme and remote corners of Siberia, where a mysterious organisation known as Trinity is searching for the secret to immortality. Just another day's work for the tomb raider, then.

Do we need another Tomb Raider movie?

When it comes to Hollywood, "need" is not a word in the collective lexicon. But a new Tomb Raider movie certainly couldn't hurt.

It goes without saying that Angelina Jolie made the role her own in Tomb Raider and The Cradle of Life sequel, but it's been 12 years, and considering the adventures of Lara Croft remain one of the few video game stories successfully brought to life on the big-screen, it seems ridiculous that such a hot property in the world of gaming remains in limbo in Hollywood.

Rise of the Tomb Raider: ripe for a movie adaptation
Rise of the Tomb Raider: ripe for a movie adaptation

The beauty of Tomb Raider is that, whilst Lara Croft is a household name, the world in which she operates is almost a blank slate - there's virtually unlimited potential to map out a new story arc, create new villains, to take her story to the furthest corners of the Earth. So whilst a new movie could follow the basic story arc of Rise of the Tomb Raider, and enjoy the mutual benefits of sharing a title with the game, it could also branch out in an entirely new direction.

Who should take on the iconic role of Lara?

Well, it's not as if Hollywood is short of actresses capable of playing tough, but the casting team could certainly do worse than giving Olga Kurylenko a call - the French-Ukrainian actress kicked ass in Quantum of Solace (although you've probably forgotten - haven't we all?) and delivered again in Oblivion.

Olga Kurylenko: the embodiment of Lara Croft
Olga Kurylenko: the embodiment of Lara Croft

Another solid choice would be Orphan Black' breakout star Tatiana Maslany, who is so adept at playing any character type under the sun (seriously - in her show there is nothing she cannot do) that Lara would be a breeze. Alternatively, Margot Robbie is on the rise - and the same could be said of the entire male audience if she became a brunette and took the reigns as Ms. Croft.

And what about a director?

In terms of big names, you can never go wrong with Matthew Vaughn - the X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service director is all about a stylish aesthetic combined with killer action sequences, but he also leaves breathing room for his characters. Alternatively, Adam Wingard - the horror helmer who most recently gave us The Guest - could be a smart left-field choice.

Croftian thrills
Croftian thrills

If rumours are to be believed, Warner Bros. already have a Tomb Raider movie in development, allegedly to be written by Evan Daugherty, who did good work on Snow White and the Huntsman, although something with more urgency would certainly be appreciated for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Whatever happens, now is the time to give this superb game series a second stab at making it in Hollywood - here's hoping we get the character-driven, kick-ass action movie we deserve.

In the meantime, you'll have a whole new gaming adventure to tide you over. Rise of the Tomb Raider releases November 10 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.


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