Tomb Raider

Trivia: Prior to this reboot, another film had been planned in 2011. Megan Fox was reportedly attached to the film, which would have been a full-on reboot with an entirely original story. That film never came to be, so the studio opted to try and make a prequel about a young Lara Croft's first adventure, rather than basing it on the older, more experience Croft seen in the games. Somewhat coincidentally, in the meantime, the video-game series itself rebooted with a new "origin story" in 2013's "Tomb Raider", which worked out, as it was the same sort-of prequel story the studio wanted to make into a film. While it took five years, the movie was eventually made.

Trivia: The previous two "Tomb Raider" films (released in 2001 and 2003) were loosely based on and inspired by the original run of the video-game series, which started in 1996 and ended in 2008. Somewhat appropriately, this theatrical reboot is loosely based on the 2013 game "Tomb Raider", which was itself a reboot of the series that restarted the story from the beginning, and sought to modernize the gameplay while making the lead character Lara Croft somewhat more realistic and identifiable.

Trivia: Daisy Ridley, best known as the character Rey in the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy, was originally the lead contender for the part of Lara Croft, but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. The role eventually went to "Ex Machina" co-star Alicia Vikander, who as it happily turns out is a big fan of the video-game series on which the film is based, and wanted to try her hardest to do the character justice.

Trivia: Alicia Vikander reportedly spent so much time working out in preparation for the film and put on so much lean muscle that several of her co-stars actually found her incredibly intimidating, including Walton Goggins, who called her a "real powerhouse" and stated "She made me embarrassed to take my shirt off, and I go to the gym five days a week!"

Trivia: The guns chosen by Lara at the end of the film are identical to the video game.


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