"I wanted to make a big action-adventure movie, but I wanted it to have a heart..." hmv.com talks to Tomb Raider director Roar Uthaug
As one of the biggest-selling and best-loved games of the 1990s, Tomb Raider was always going to be a candidate for a big screen adaptation and when Simon West's film burst onto cinema screens in 2001, Angelina Jolie seemed like the perfect choice for the role of the story's pneumatically-proportioned protagonist, Lara Croft. The game that inspired West's film also spawned several sequels throughout the decade that followed its initial release in 1996, but despite the game's popularity its central character wasn't without its critics; where some viewed Lara Croft as an emblem of female empowerment, others decried her ludicrous proportions as setting an unattainable example of body image for young women.
All of that was taken into account when a rebooted version of Tomb Raider arrived on games consoles in 2013, complete with a more realistically rendered Lara Croft. Now it's the turn of the game's cinematic cousin to receive the reboot treatment with a new film starring Alicia Vikander out now in cinemas and available to pre-order on DVD on the right-hand side of the page.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug has been recruited to helm the new film and ahead of its release we caught up with the director to talk about how he got involved, what we can expect from the new-look Lara, and why this is an action film with a heart.
Watch our interview with Roar below...