Alicia Vikander Hopes to Start Filming Tomb Raider 2 Next Year
Nearly three years after her first go-round as the new Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander is ready to get back in the saddle. MGM has been working on a Tomb Raider sequel for over a year and the studio was originally planning to debut the next installment in 2021. However, the COVID-19 outbreak threw the entire film industry into disarray. While appearing on Good Morning America (via Entertainment Weekly), Vikander offered an update on when filming might start.
Production on Tomb Raider 2 was supposed to start a few months ago and be done in time for a March 19, 2021 release date. But according to Vikander, the timetable is shifting by an entire year.
“The plan was for us to start making one this year, of course due to the [pandemic] situation, that’s now very different,” said Vikander. “We’re still in discussions about it, so I hope we can probably get to it next year.”
Vikander’s first Tomb Raider movie opened in 2018. She succeeded Angelina Jolie, who played the iconic video game character in two separate films in 2001 and 2003. Unfortunately, the reboot earned middling reviews and underperformed at the box office. That same year, Square Enix released the most recent entry in the game series, Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
MGM has already drafted Ben Wheatley to sit in the director’s chair for Tomb Raider 2, replacing Roar Uthaug. Wheatley’s wife, Amy Jump, is writing the screenplay. The spouses have previously collaborated on films like Free Fire, High-Rise, and A Field in England. The studio hasn’t set a new release date for their Tomb Raider follow-up. But in the meantime, Vikander can currently be seen in The Glorias, which opened earlier this week.
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