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New Tomb Raider Show Teased By Lara Croft Series Creator


Tomb Raider TV show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is all set to give her unique take on the iconic hero Lara Croft. The character initially gained popularity as a video game series before making the jump to live-action in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which starred Angelina Jolie. The film franchise was rebooted in 2018 with Alicia Vikander in the title role, but a planned sequel fell apart. Lara Croft will next be played by a new actor in Waller-Bridge’s Prime Video series, in addition to a feature film reportedly in the works.




Although much of Amazon’s Tomb Raider TV show remains shrouded in mystery, Waller-Bridge teases some of what audiences can expect in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. The creator reveals that she was a big fan of the games when she was younger and hopes to recapture the atmosphere of those games in her reboot. Check out Waller-Bridge’s full comment below:


“The opportunity to have, as we were talking earlier, a female action character…. Having worked on Bond and having worked as an actor on Indy, I feel like I’ve been building up to this. What if I could take the reins on an action franchise, with everything I’ve learned, with a character I adore, and also just bring back some of that ’90s vibe? And it’s such a wonderful feeling to think you know what to do.”

“I feel like when you’re working in the industry, you’ve got to ride the waves and lean in. There’s room to do something really quite dangerous. And if I can do something dangerous and exciting with Tomb Raider, I already have an audience of people who love Lara and hopefully will continue to. And that is a very unusual position to be in. It’s the old Trojan horse.

“She’s a tomb raider, so she’s incredibly fit. She has to squeeze through tiny rock crevices all the time. It is a different experience squeezing through a small rock crevice when you have larger boobs than if you have smaller boobs.”



How Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Tomb Raider Reboot Can Be Different


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Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag, has proven herself to be a talented writer capable of tackling modern issues with humor and creativity. She also punched up the script for No Time To Die, with some of the dialogue feeling distinctly of her voice. While Vikander was great in 2018’s Tomb Raider, and a sequel would have been welcome, Waller-Bridge’s take on the material can serve as a reinvention of sorts.

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Tomb Raider TV show creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge teases her upcoming take on hero Lara Croft. After getting its start as a popular video game series, Lara made the jump to live-action in 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raiderwhich stars Angelina Jolie. After a direct sequel that failed to impress at the box office, the film franchise was rebooted in 2018 with Alicia Vikander in the title role. A planned sequel to that film fell apart, and the character will next be played by a new actor in Waller-Bridge’s Prime Video series, in addition to, reportedly, a feature film.


Although much of Amazon’s Tomb Raider TV show remains shrouded in mystery, Waller-Bridge teases some of what audiences can expect in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. The creator reveals that she was a big fan of the games when she was younger, and she hopes to recapture the atomosphere of those games in her reboot. Check out Waller-Bridge’s full comment below:

“The opportunity to have, as we were talking earlier, a female action character…. Having worked on Bond and having worked as an actor on Indy, I feel like I’ve been building up to this. What if I could take the reins on an action franchise, with everything I’ve learned, with a character I adore, and also just bring back some of that ’90s vibe? And it’s such a wonderful feeling to think you know what to do.”

“I feel like when you’re working in the industry, you’ve got to ride the waves and lean in. There’s room to do something really quite dangerous. And if I can do something dangerous and exciting with Tomb Raider, I already have an audience of people who love Lara and hopefully will continue to. And that is a very unusual position to be in. It’s the old Trojan horse.

“She’s a tomb raider, so she’s incredibly fit. She has to squeeze through tiny rock crevices all the time. It is a different experience squeezing through a small rock crevice when you have larger boobs than if you have smaller boobs.”


How Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Tomb Raider Reboot Can Be Different

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As the creator of FleabagWaller-Bridge has proven herself a talented writer, capable of tackling modern issues with humor and creativity. She also punched up the script for No Time To Diewith some of the dialogue in that film feeling distinctly of her voice. While Vikander was great in 2018’s Tomb Raiderand a sequel would have been welcome, Waller-Bridge’s take on the material can serve as a reinvention of sorts.

There are some elements of the franchise that seemingly must remain unchanged, particularly a degree of action, adventure, and the Indiana Jones-style quest structure. Where Waller-Bridge may succeed, however, is giving Lara a deeper emotional core and more complex personality. In contrast to a feature film, a Tomb Raider TV show can dig into Lara in a more nuanced way than ever before, adding more depth to a hero who can still punch, kick, and shoot her way out of trouble.

In the games and even in the Jolie films, Croft is marketed as a sex symbol, something Waller-Bridge’s reboot is unlikely to lean too heavily on, at least judging by her past works. Waller-Bridge also has the benefit of being able to study and dissect previous adaptations, hopefully meaning she can avoid what didn’t work in the past iterations. Although relatively little information has been revealed about Waller-Bridge’s Tomb Raider show, it represents an interesting opportunity to harken back to Lara’s roots while still feeling modern in its sensibilities.

Source: Vanity Fair

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