The Tomb Raider sequel starring Alicia Vikander as the heroine Lara Croft has finally pulled Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Free Fire) on board to direct the film and has set a release date of March 19, 2021.
Directed by Roar Uthaug, 2018’s Tomb Raider was loosely based off the 2013 video game of the same name, and despite not being as well received with the critics as one might have hoped, it still made more than US$275 million on a US$100 million budget. Which is why it is not a big surprise that a sequel is on its way.
It is still not known if the sequel will go on its own adventures or take inspiration from the sequel to the video game the first movie was based on, 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider, and the latest addition to the video game series Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
The sequel will be produced by Graham King through GK Films with Elizabeth Cantillon, with a script written by Wheatley’s wife, Amy Jump.
Wheatley and Jump have been working professionally for almost a decade, having produced several cult films ranging from psychological horror Kill List to the dystopian High-Rise. Wheatley himself has also worked on several episodes of Peter Capaldi’s run on BBC’s Doctor Who.
With a director helming the film, productions for Tomb Raider 2 are slated to begin early 2020.