Monday, 06 April, 2020


Ben Wheatley to direct Tomb Raider 2

Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider Ben Wheatley to direct Tomb Raider 2
Hannah Rogers | 06 September, 2019, 07:13

He has directed action before, 2016's Free Fire has a lot of shooting in it, but it is still a black comedy rather than an all out action epic. Alicia Vikander is reprising her role as the lissome, treasure-hunting action heroine Lara Croft. Ben Wheatley, who has proven to be a filmmaker to watch with critically acclaimed blackly comic thrillers like High-Rise and Free Fire, has been tapped by MGM as the Tomb Raider sequel director. Currently, his latest film Rebecca is in post-production.

There may still be time for the film to fall through, but for now, fans may want to explore Wheatley's gory filmography (like High-Rise, which left Tom Hiddleston covered in blood) in case Tomb Raider heads that way when it returns to theaters March 19, 2021. Alicia Vikander is back as Lara but director Roar Uthaug - who is an actual director and not a character in Skyrim - has been dumped in favour of Ben Wheatley. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros.

The sequel will be produced by Graham King through GK Films with Elizabeth Cantillon, with a script written by Wheatley's wife, Amy Jump.

The 2018 Tomb Raider was Hollywood's second attempt to adapt the beloved video game franchise after the Angelina Jolie films from 2001 and 2003.

The Tomb Raider movie reboot was serviceable, but at the same time so immediately forgettable that we promptly forgot it had come out just last year (in our defence, it was a long year). Production on the movie is said to begin early 2020. While we're waiting for the new film, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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