A new Tomb Raider film has been announced, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. The new entry in the series brings Lara Croft back to the big screen for the first time since 2003. Croft, who is arguably the most famous heroine in gaming, has been subject to sexism throughout the history of the Tomb Raider series. Recent games have moved away from portraying Croft as a sex symbol. With Vikander attached to the film, producers can go either direction. They can feed into the sexism that once plagued the series. Or they can continue the work of recent titles and make Croft a relatable character.
Sexism in PS4 and Xbox Video Games: History of Sexism
Tomb Raider introduced gamers to Lara Croft in 1996. 20 years since her introduction, Croft has been subject to the sexism and sexist behavior within the gaming culture. The original Tomb Raider depicted Lara Croft as a thin adventurer in shorts and a tank top with large breasts. Croft’s model introduced in the first game was used until 2013. A player-created mod called “Nude Raider” allowed players to play through the game as a nude Croft.
Sexism in PS4 and Xbox Video Games: Tomb Raider: An Origin Story
With the Tomb Raider reboot in 2013, developer Crystal Dynamics wanted to tell the original story of Lara Croft. This time around, players followed Croft as Croft set out on her first adventure. With a great supporting cast and a more realistic model of Croft, the series made big moves towards getting away from its historical past.
Sexism in PS4 and Xbox Video Games: Lara Croft and the Big Screen
Angelina Jolie played the role of Lara Croft twice in the early 2000s. Jolie’s look in the film matched the look of Croft in the original game. Both of the films were met with mixed reviews. But both were able to make a profit at the end of their theatrical runs.
Sexism in PS4 and Xbox Video Games: Alicia Vikander Steps in
Alicia Vikander is taking the role of Lara Croft after a busy 2015, with roles in Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Danish Girl. Vikander won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl. Some gamers question Vikander’s ability to play the role of Lara Croft, but most complaints rest on the sexism introduced by older games in the series. With a wide variety of roles in a wide variety of genres, Vikander seems to be ready to take the lead and play Lara Croft.
Sexism in PS4 and Xbox Video Games: Following in Crystal Dynamic’s Footsteps
The film, produced by Warner Bros., is currently set to follow the plot of the original story created by Crystal Dynamics. In addition, Roar Uthaug is tapped to direct the film, which is scheduled for a fall 2017 release. By taking a page from Crystal Dynamics, Uthaug can bring the series to a new audience and avoid re-introducing the sexism that once plagued the series.