Opening 'Tomb Raider' movie poster reveals the first look of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

Opening 'Tomb Raider' movie poster reveals the first look of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft

It appears that everyone's favourite adventurer, Lara Croft has a new face: Alicia Vikander.

While this was the role that propelled Angelina Jolie into the spotlight, Alicia Vikander has become a household name in her own right after winning an Oscar for her work in The Danish Girl, and now she has naturally turned her sights to Hollywood blockbusters.

Fans of the popular Tomb Raider franchise had their first look at the new iteration of Lara Croft, via a poster released on the film's Twitter page and a 15-second teaser trailer which was dropped on Monday.

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The poster shows the 28-year-old broodily looking over her shoulder, wielding a large climbing axe which is inspired from the 2013 Tomb Raider video game that this Lara Croft instalment is based on. Croft's new image in this poster marks a departure from Angelina Jolie's characterisation of the heroine in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life which debuted in 2003.

While Vikander sports a rather toned down ensemble, Jolie wore tight black T-shirts and two sizeable guns strapped to her hips.

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However, in the teaser, Vikander's Lara is shown to be just as spunky as her predecessor. The heiress takes aim with a bow and arrow, plummets tens of feet into a raging river before crawling through a dark and claustrophobic looking tunnel.

Twitter had a mixed response to the poster. One one user said "new Tomb Raider movie poster looks great! Hopefully the trailer is promising", while another added, "saw the first ever poster for the Tomb Raider movie and oooooh I don't know. Let's just see and hope guys".

Many of the commenters appeared to be die-hard fans of the video game, and expressed concern that the film couldn't possibly live up to the beloved franchise: "Plz let Tomb Raider be the first good movie based on a video game franchise."

More bizarrely, however, is the matter of Vikander's neck which Twitter got in quite a tizzy about.

Eagle-eyed social media users took issue with Vikander's neck, calling it out for being abnormally long. They also pointed out that her head looks out of proportion to the rest of her body - something which is probably the result of some overly zealous Photoshopping.

User Bobbyrobertspdx compared Vikander's neck to that of a dinosaur, saying: "The only way Vikander's neck makes sense in this poster is if the movie was originally TOMB RAPTOR", and screenwriter Max Landis wholeheartedly agreed: "her neck looks like she's a John Carpenter Thing right as it's revealing that it's The Thing".

Regardless, I'm sure I'm not wrong in stating that we're all a little bit excited to have Lara Croft back on the big screen - at least for nostalgia's sake. The full trailer for Tomb Raider will be released on Tuesday.