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It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Lara Croft on the big screen, and it looks like her break is up for an extension.
Alicia Vikander, the award-winning actress who starred in 2018’s highly successful Tomb Raider as Lara Croft, has announced that it is now deferred after tapping Misha Green to write and direct the continuation.
“With the MGM and Amazon buyout, I have no clue. Now it’s kind of politics,” Vikander states, referring to Amazon’s purchase of MGM in March. “I think Misha and I have been ready, so it’s kind of in somebody else’s hands, to be honest.”
The 33-year-old actress continues that she “can’t really say” more details about Green’s rendition of Croft, the iconic action-adventure protagonist who made a groundbreaking moment during the release of the first Tomb Rider in 1996.
In the last update about this character, we saw Croft’s origin tale in Roar Uthaug’s 2018 smash-hit movie as she walked down a faraway island, following the steps of her father (Dominic West). He had set out on his mission to investigate what became of an ancient Japanese ruler.
“I’ve been excited to show the world,” Vikander hints at Green’s plans. “I love what she’s done with Lovecraft Country.”
Tomb Raider Supposed to See Light of Day Before the Pandemic
In an interview with EW, Alicia Vikander said that the follow-up to her first film was set for release before the pandemic hit but has been postponed for obvious reasons.
“I hope we go and make another movie. Because of the pandemic, we had plans of shooting this film, and now it’s been one and a half years, but Misha Green is on board, and she’s writing a draft right now,” she stated.
“It’s pretty amazing – we’re, like, the same age! I was like, ‘Oh, I’m just now on a Zoom with an extremely talented woman that I think has done some incredible work.’ It would be so amazing if we get to go and do this very big-ass film together, going to kick some ass in front of the camera and behind the camera, you know?”
The 17-year gap between Angelina Jolie’s first take on the role of Lara Croft in 2001 and now has not been an issue as the two films earned almost the same amount – Vikander’s earning an estimated $274 million on the global blockbuster and Jolie’s earning near that amount.
Tomb Raider First Released as a Game
With over 88 million copies sold worldwide by 2022, it’s no wonder that games based on Tomb Raider have become one of the most popular video game series. Critics have even praised the series, and Lara Croft has since become part of the most recognizable video game heroines, bagging awards and snagging places on the Walk of Games and Guinness World Records.
But she has also been involved in some controversy as her sex appeal is used for marketing, reflecting a widely debated issue.
Some of the games based on Tomb Raider:
Tomb Raider (1996)
Tomb Raider II (1997)
Tomb Raider III (1998)
The Last Revelation (1999)
Tomb Raider Chronicles (2000)
Curse of Sword (2001)
The Prophecy (2002)
The Angel of Darkness (2003)
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (2010)
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (2014)
Lara Croft: Relic Run (2015)
Lara Croft Go (2015)
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)
Tomb Raider Reloaded (2022)