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Tomb Raider movie is a "very different" origin story

Expect a character piece.

The new Tomb Raider movie is a "very different" origin story, its producer has revealed.

We will get to see how Lara Croft became Lara Croft in the movie, which producer Graham King likened to Casino Royale and Batman Begins in an interview with Coming Soon.

"Listen, the box office, they [previous Tomb Raider films] weren't disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we're telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece," he said.

"It does have a lot of really great characters, but it's a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it's something very different. I've not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we're going to give it a shot."

The new Tomb Raider movie is written by the duo responsible for penning the original Iron Man movie and cult sci-fi favourite Children of Men: Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

Their intention is to create an "origin story for Lara Croft that solidifies her place alongside Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor in the pantheon of great female action heroes".

There's no word yet on who will play the titular treasure hunter but considering it's an origin story it seems unlikely that 35-year-old Angelina Jolie will be reprising the role.

Similarly, it's not known if the film will relate at all to the forthcoming Crystal Dynamics game - also an origin story - currently in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

First announced back in March, the movie is expected in cinemas in 2013 - ten years after the last film in the series, 2003's The Cradle of Life.

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