Tomb Raider 2
MGM recently announced that Tomb Raider 2, their follow-up to 2018’s Tomb Raider had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and completely taken off their upcoming schedule. While it was unclear when the Alicia Vikander starring sequel will be released, or even when production would begin, we knew a bit about what was planned for the future adventures of Lara Croft. It seemed to be coming, at some point. But as is often the case, things have changed.
TOMB RAIDER 2 HAS BEEN CANCELED, FOR NOW
There was hope we would see Alicia Vikander reprise her Lara Croft role in another film for this franchise. And it really seemed like it was going to happen. There had been some significant movement on this front with the movie getting a director in Misha Green and seemingly confirming that Vikander was on board as well.
But then MGM let the rights to the franchise lapse in 2022, thereby effectively stopping any chance that the movie was going to get made, at least through that studio.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that the Tomb Raider franchise is going anywhere permanently, it just means that there is now bidding to see which studio will pick up the story. That is still being decided.
TOMB RAIDER IS BASED ON THE VIDEO GAME FRANCHISE AND THERE HAVE BEEN THREE MOVIES
For those not in the know, Tomb Raider is a popular video game series that has had 16 different games, along with a number of spin-offs on various platforms. The series’ star is British archaeologist Lara Croft, who uses her high intellect and athletic ability to venture the globe, going on dangerous adventures, and exploring ancient ruins and tombs in search of mystical artifacts and rare objects.
Lara Croft has been onscreen prior to the 2018 Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider reboot (and of course the impending Tomb Raider 2). Angelina Jolie was the first actress to bring Lara Croft to life, in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, then again in the 2003 sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Jolie’s first go-around as Lara Croft was a huge commercial success, while the sequel still brought in a nice box office return. This set up plans for a third, which Jolie eventually declined, stating via the World Entertainment News Network, “I just don’t feel like I need to do another one. I felt really happy with the last one.”
ALICIA VIKANDER’S TOMB RAIDER REBOOT CAME IN 2018
Since the Alicia Vikander-led reboot film was a Lara Croft origin story, it was vastly different from Angelina Jolie’s films. Vikander was able to play Croft from the beginning, as she had not yet become the Lara Croft we know from the video games. Vikander’s take was more brutal, as she learned the hard way how to become Lara Croft without the benefit of Croft’s trademark dual pistols.
While Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider was a fun origin story, many complained that her take didn’t portray the badass Lara Croft from the games and the Angelina Jolie films. Despite the criticism that this Lara Croft was an incomplete version of the hero, the 2018 Tomb Raider fared well enough at the box office to warrant Tomb Raider 2.
VIKANDER WANTS TO MAKE A TOMB RAIDER 2
Alicia Vikander said before the release of Tomb Raider that if there was an opportunity for a Tomb Raider 2, she would be up for it. “Yes, I adored taking on the role of Lara,” the actress said to fans via DigitalSpy “So yeah, we’ll see. If there’s an audience out there for it, then I would love to.” With Vikander ready to reprise the role of Lara Croft, the only other actor we know who might return from the first one would be Kristin Scott Thomas as Ana Miller, an associate in Lara’s father’s company, Croft Holdings.
Other than those two, it’s probably unwise to expect Dominic West back as Lara Croft’s father, Lord Richard Croft, since he sacrificed himself to save his daughter. Walton Goggins also seems unlikely to return for Tomb Raider 2, as his villain Mathias Vogel also perished in the first movie.
There could be a chance that Daniel Wu would return to Tomb Raider 2 as Lu Ren, the ship captain who helped Lara find her father. Maybe an appearance by the original Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie? Vikander would love it. She told NME, “I wouldn’t mind! I adore Angelina, so we’ll see… We should definitely ask.”
TOMB RAIDER 2 APPEARED TO INVOLVE TRINITY
The end of the first Tomb Raider could hint at the potential direction Tomb Raider 2 might explore. With Lara saving the world by stopping a deadly virus from escaping a tomb, she travels back to London to accept a position at her father’s company. Soon after, Lara discovers that Trinity – the organization that wanted to release the virus – was directly tied to her father’s company, due to the deceptive actions of Kristen Scott Thomas’ Ana Miller.
In all, it’s disappointing to know that an Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider 2 has been canceled for now, but this is unlikely to be the last we hear from the franchise.
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