Ben Wheatley to Direct ‘Tomb Raider 2’; Vikander Returning for 2021 Sequel

Lara Croft is set for another adventure.

Deadline reports that MGM has signed director Ben Wheatley, who’s resume includes indie flicks Kill List, High-Rise, and Free Fire, on to helm Tomb Raider 2 with Amy Jump, a frequent collaborator with Wheatley, set to pen the screenplay. Alicia Vikander is also returning to reprise her role as Lara Croft.

Plot details for the sequel are currently under wraps, but since 2018’s Tomb Raider closely followed the rebooted video game series, there’s a chance the sequel could pull from Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Tomb Raider wasn’t exactly a hit with fans and critics back in 2018. The film has a 52% Rotten Tomatoes score and 55% audience rating. That said, I enjoyed the film. It wasn’t as good as Angelina Jolie’s first round as Lara Croft, but it was certainly better than her sequel.

Even if it wasn’t a critical hit, it did make back quite a bit at the box office earning close to $300 million worldwide. I’m interested to see what Wheatley brings to the sequel since High-Rise and Tomb Raider are two very different films.

MGM has given Tomb Raider 2 a March 19, 2021 release date. We’ll keep you updated as more information on the sequel becomes available.

What did you think of 2018’s Tomb Raider? What do you think of Wheatley as the director?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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