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First Tomb Raider Trailer Unveiled

Lara Croft is back in action... literally. 

Just a day after Warner Bros. released the first official poster and a teaser clip for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, which stars Ex Machina actress Alicia Vikander as the eponymous hero, the studio has released the first full-length trailer. 

A minute-long trailer popped up online Tuesday afternoon from a source that was, surprisingly, not Warner Bros. The studio later released the trailer, which runs just over two minutes in length, on YouTube at around midnight Wednesday EDT. Since then, the exciting new content spread across the internet like wildfire. And for good reason, since it looks pretty thrilling. 

Featuring Vikander's Lara, now a 21-year-old bike messenger in London, front and center, the first Tomb Raider trailer is all about the action. Lara embarks on a journey to find her missing father, the eccentric adventurer Lord Richard, played by Dominic West.  Her desire to uncover the truth behind her father's apparent death after his last mission searching for a tomb on a mythical Japanese island presumably went awry drives to her to dangerous places and pushes her to her limits. 

Perhaps the most striking thing about the trailer is how similar Vikander's version of Lara is to the respective 2013 and 2015 games Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Even the narrative of the forthcoming flick will take a page from recent installments in the action-packed game series, serving as something of an origin story for the supremely athletic heroine with a knack for archaeology, documenting her transformation into an acrobatic explorer of mysterious lands and forbidden ruins. It also stands apart from the first set of Tomb Raider movies, which starred Angelina Jolie as Lara at the peak of her abilities and skewed more toward a secret agent story rather than one of a rough-and-tumble tomb raider. 

Joining Vikander and West for Tomb Raider are Daniel Wu, Hannah John-Kamen, and Walton Goggins as the villain.

Here's the official synopsis for Tomb Raider: "Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father's global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he's truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can't understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death... the stakes couldn't be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name 'Tomb Raider.'"

Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider kicks off a thrilling new adventure on March 16, 2018. For now, find out why the movie will be much better than you think