Alicia Vikander ‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel Gets Surprising Director, Release Date Announced

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MGM is moving ahead with a sequel to 2018 video game adaptation Tomb Raider, which introduced Alicia Vikander as heroine Lara Croft.

The director has been chosen, and they’ve gone for a bit of a surprising choice. Placed at the helm of the sequel is British filmmaker Ben Wheatley, who has made his own space in the cinematic landscape as an auteur, delivering darkly amusing, strange and violent films such as Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High-Rise and shoot-em-up pic Free Fire. It’ll be interesting to see what he delivers upon entering the mainstream franchise space.

Writing the still-untitled film is Amy Jump, who has worked with Wheatley since 2011’s Kill List (a disturbing little hitman horror-thriller that you should check out – although it’s certainly not for all tastes).

It’s a little surprising that we’re actually getting a Tomb Raider sequel at all. The first film – directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave) – saw middling reviews from critics and audiences, but its okay financial performance looks to have just got it across the line. The film cost $US94 million to make and reportedly needed to make around $US275 million worldwide to break even with marketing and distribution costs. It made just that.

Tomb Raider 2, which will be bringing back Vikander as Croft, will be entering production in early 2020 and has been given a US release date of March 19, 2021.

You can find our review of Tomb Raider right HERE.

Source: Deadline

Ben Wheatley (right) on the set of ‘Free Fire’ | Sony Pictures
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