The next “Tomb Raider” movie is coming together, and Ben Wheatley is set to direct. The big sequel will bring back Alicia Vikander for the role of Lara Croft, and the movie is hoping to release on March 19, 2021. Amy Jump is expected to write the script for the movie, which will be a continuation of Lara’s character from the first film.
The movie followed the video game’s successful reboot in 2013. The “Tomb Raider” game was an instant hit with fans and Square Enix made “Rise of the Tomb Raider” in 2015, and “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” in 2018. The “Tomb Raider” movie launched in 2018, following the same grounded principals established in the rebooted game. The movie probably would have done better if it wasn’t sharing the box office with “Black Panther” at the time, but the film still made over $23.6M on opening weekend. The “Tomb Raider” movie featured Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Derek Jacobi, and made over $274.6M for the studio. Deadline reported the sequel on Wednesday morning, along with the director.
Paramount Pictures released “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in 2001, starring Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Noah Taylor, and Daniel Craig. That movie had a $47M opening and went on to make over $274.7M globally. Angelina Jolie returned to the franchise in 2003 for “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” which made $21.7M on opening weekend before finishing the box office with a $156.5M total. The sequel opened in fourth place overall, behind “Spy Kids 3D: Game Over,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” and “Bad Boys II.” After the poor performance of the sequel, the franchise was put to bed.
Fans of Alicia Vikander can see her in Wash Westmoreland’s “Earthquake Bird” later this year, starring alongside Riley Keough, Kiki Sukezane, Jack Huston, Jen Yamamura, and Crystal Kay. The actor is also expected to star in David Lowery’s “Green Knight,” with Barry Keoghan, Dev Patel, and Erin Kellyman.
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