Tomb Raider Movie's First Trailer Looks Like The Games

"Close the tomb, once and for all."

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UPDATE 2: And the trailer is back! You can watch it in the trailer above, and "making of" trailer below.

UPDATE: Due to a takedown notice, we have removed the trailer the player above. However, we expect the trailer to launch (again) very soon. We'll update this story with the trailer again once it's live.

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As promised, the full trailer for Tomb Raider is here. Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, and the movie certainly looks like it will live up to director Roar Uthaug's earlier suggestion that the 2013 reboot game would be a big influence, with some moments taken directly from the game. The trailer was originally published on Instagram by co-star Daniel Wu, but it has since been removed, though you can still watch it above.

The film also stars Dominic West (The Wire) as Lara's father, Walton Goggins (Sons of Anarchy) as the villain, and Daniel Wu (Warcraft) as a ship captain who works with Lara on her adventure.

Uthaug's previous movie was the disaster epic The Wave, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vikander reveals that shooting Tomb Raider was a similarly water-drenched experience. "Just like in The Wave, we have a lot of water sequences," she said. "I spent my last two days of shooting in a tank and that was my 16th total day being fully drenched or submerged in the water. For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting. They threw me down that river--with my hands tied--about 50 times. I didn't need to act, just react!"

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018. On the gaming side, while no new Tomb Raider has been announced, a sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider is likely, as the 2013 reboot has been described as part of a trilogy. A leak last year suggested the name of the third game is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

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cboye18

It's pretty sad when the upcoming movie and recent games don't resemble anything Tomb Raider.

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Mogan

@cboye18: Weird that the games are way better now though.

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greaseman1985

@Mogan: It's still not Tomb raider anymore. That was the point. It has basically turned into Uncharted with a female character.

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Mogan

@greaseman1985: Well, its been 21 years and something like 18 games (some of which were pretty bad) across 4 console generations. People rag on CoD all the time for never changing, and some of those old Tomb Raider games are not great.

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lokostilll

@Mogan: Exactly. I'm an ol' gamer and remember being blown away the first time I saw Lara shooting at a bear while doing a backflip in the air on Sega Saturn. Lost interest during the years and the reboot changed that.

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Mogan: Tomb Raider games are way better now? Sorry, but that's just factually incorrect to the point I feel embarrassed for you. Sure, they're easier to pick up now than they ever were before, but accessibility doesn't mean much to anyone serious about anything and shouldn't be considered a worthy trade-off when it comes at the expense of the actual substance of the exploration, discovery, and puzzle-solving components these games used to revolve around. In the age of the interactive setpiece and the contextual prompt, actual video games are steadily becoming a taste to be reacquired by those marred by unrelenting mediocrity. I'll have you in my prayers in the hopes that you may find the illumination you so desperately require.

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the-games-masta

@asnakeneverdies: well said!

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Mogan

@asnakeneverdies: I disagree with your opinion.

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ASnakeNeverDies

@Mogan: [Slams Desk] How dare you Mogan! This is NOT going to stay like this. [Storms Out]

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Good_Coop89

@asnakeneverdies: I literally just made an account to like (and agree with) your comment. You forgot one thing though: the soundtrack. Listen to the original beautiful Tomb Raider soundtrack, then listen to this generic action movie stuff. :(

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ASnakeNeverDies

@good_coop89: I did not forget about the soundtrack! The original draft featured mentions on level layouts, navigational verbs, and (of course) the soundtrack, but was around three times larger than the one that eventually got published through my editor. Lots of things got cut, but the spirit of the text was kept intact. :P

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LTJohnnyRico

@Mogan: Yeah the new Games are much better !

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cboye18

@Mogan: The older games haven't aged well (especially when it comes to gameplay), so the recent games do play better. But the complete redesign of the Lara Croft character was uncalled for. It's a comparable situation to the new Dante in DmC: DMC.

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Mogan

@cboye18: Meh. The old versions weren't anything special, and both series were about gameplay more than writing anyway.

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Well Vikander looks good, but my god that's some shoddy editing. Whoever is behind the promo of this film NEEDS to be fired. The poster and the trailer are doing this film no favours.

Warner Brothers have got a good track record for trailers from the DCEU (film quality not withstanding), so why can't they get someone from that team on this film.

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igorphoenix

@graffitiheart: indeed. Looks like a trailer for TV series (and not the best one) rather than big-budget Hollywood production. That being said, I wonder if the movie itself is like this.

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@igorphoenix: I don't have much confidence at this point. You'd think after 2 terrible films they'd try and make this one work.

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Prats1993

So the movie looks like the game which also tried to look like a movie.

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the-games-masta

@Prats1993: you mean the reboot tried to look like uncharted- which itself tried to look like Indiana jones. so Lara is now Indy

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OldDadGamer

@Prats1993: It's like gameception....or movieception....

Whoa, dude......

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Daian

Would still rather see an aged Angelina Jolie instead.

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adamus

why do they even bother? taking moments from the game? lol great ideas guys, really using your creative skills to give something fresh. cash grab on the Lara Croft name, will be meh at best.

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gamingdevil800

Wow this doesn't look good and that bit in the trailer "where he says whats your name?" "Lara Croft" he gives her a look that is either some bad acting or just pure cringe. I near expected him to say "Hey I know you, you're from a video game right?" Daniel Wu will probably be the only good thing about this.

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OldDadGamer

@gamingdevil800: The video game movie that has a character say "Hey, I know you, you're from a video game, right?" will instantly become my favorite video game movie based on that line alone.

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LVT_PTA_PB

Blackbetty. Nice

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MJ12-Conspiracy

@LVT_PTA_PB: Black Betty is overused, ever since Kung Pow Enter The Fist that song has been a bit overused......

it's as bad as Drowning pool let the bodies hit the floor...

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gamingdevil800

@MJ12-Conspiracy: LMAO I remember when nearly every YouTuber had let the bodies hit the floor over their gameplay. Not sure if its as bad now.

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LVT_PTA_PB

@MJ12-Conspiracy: First time I heard it (spiderbait version) was in NFSU 2