The 2018 Tomb Raider film may not have made a massive impact at the box office or had the same cultural impact as the earlier Angelina Jolie films but it appears to have done well enough – domestically and internationally – to earn itself a sequel, which is currently slated for a March 2021 release.
Alicia Vikander’s debut outing as the intrepid adventurer enjoyed moderate financial success back in spring 2018, earning $274 million on a $94-million budget, and many long-time fans of the franchise have commended the actress for crafting a Croft that combined the best of Classic and Reboot Lara.
The as-yet untitled sequel film will reportedly begin filming in the next few months and will be directed by British screenwriter and director Ben Wheatley, whose work includes the 2015 drama High Rise (starring Tom Hiddleston and former Lara Croft voice actress Keeley Hawes) and the 2016 action-comedy Free Fire (starring Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, and Brie Larson). Screenwriter Amy Jump has been hired to pen Ms Croft’s latest adventure, which is rumoured to be a loose adaptation of the 2015 best-selling game Rise of the Tomb Raider. Jump has collaborated with Wheatley on multiple occasions and is, in fact, Wheatley’s wife.
Hotly tipped to return for the Tomb Raider sequel is Kristin Scott Thomas, who played the Machiavellian Trinity agent Ana Miller in the 2018 film, but it is not yet known if Daniel Wu will be reprising his role for the sequel. Wu played Lu Ren, captain of The Endurance and Lara’s reluctant companion on her journey to Yamatai.
IMDB has a number of filming locations listed for the upcoming film, though these should probably be taken with a pinch of salt. Among them are Wilton House in Salisbury, where many of the Croft Manor scenes for the 2018 film were shot, and Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden. But more intriguingly, Beijing, China, and Reykjavik, Iceland, have been listed as possible filming locations. Could Iceland be standing in for Siberia again, like it did in the 2001 film?
Little else is known about the film at present so be sure to check back often or follow Tomb Raider Horizons on Twitter for all the latest updates and developments! And if you haven’t already seen the 2018 film or would like to refresh your memory, you can purchase the DVD or Bluray over on Amazon and Amazon UK.
Update: Needless to say, the pandemic and other issues have pushed back the release date considerably. The film is still in production but there is no word as yet of a new release date for the film.
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