Tomb with a Second View: More Lara for 2021…

Ben Wheatley will direct the next 'Tomb Raider' sequel for MGM, with Alicia Vikander back as Lara Croft...

The reboot of Tomb Raider / Lara Croft, starring Alicia Vikander (and directed by the suitably named  Roar Uthaug) got a mixed reception  on its 2018 release – for both the final film and its unfeasibly-necked promotional poster.  The movie made an adequate but hardly stellar amount of money (approximately $275 million worldwide) and though enjoyable enough in a disposable way, there was no assurance that there would be any direct follow-ups.

However it’s just been announced that a second Lara outing, again with Vikander in the role, has been agreed. It will starting shooting next year from an Amy Jump-penned script with an already-agreed release date in March 2021. The so-far-untitled  film will be directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire and the upcoming Rebecca).

Previously the character of Lara Croft, the hero of platformed adventure computer games that ushered in a new era had been essayed by the likes of Angelina Jolie and Rhona Mitra. Alicia Vikander had previously won an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl and received acclaim for a self-aware robot in the acclaimed Ex Machina.