Tomb Raider 2 Star Alicia Vikander Gives An Update On The Sequel

Alicia Vikander, who played Lara Croft in the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot, shares how the Tomb Raider 2 movie is coming along after suffering delays.

Tomb Raider star Alicia Vikander has given an update on the status of the movie’s long-awaited sequel. Based on the video game of the same title, Tomb Raider is an action-adventure film series that follows Lara Croft’s globe-trotting quest to uncover ruins and archeological mysteries. Vikander took on the iconic role in the 2018 reboot, after Angelina Jolie’s highly praised performance in the 2001 and 2003 Tomb Raider films. Vikander’s version showed a younger Lara Croft as she embarked on a mission to uncover her father’s disappearance.

While the Tomb Raider reboot received mixed reviews from critics, the movie ultimately did well commercially. It earned a whopping $274.7 million at the box office against a $106 million budget. A sequel has been in development for years with director Ben Wheatley (Free Fire, Rebecca) initially attached to helm the project. After multiple delays, it was announced early this year that Lovecraft Country creator Misha Green is directing Tomb Raider 2 instead, as well as writing the script.

In a new interview for Total Film magazine (via Games Radar+), Vikander talked about how Tomb Raider 2 is coming along with Green’s new direction. According to the 33-year-old Swedish actress, she got excited when the writer/director came onboard the project, as she loved her work in Lovecraft Country. Vikander shared that she’s had several Zoom calls with Green to collaborate on the upcoming sequel’s action scenes and stunts. Read her statement below:

"It’s so much fun on the Zooms I’ve had with Misha to finally sit with another woman my own age. I get to talk about big action set pieces and stunts that we want to make. I’m hoping that we get on track and get to do something together."

As of July, the Tomb Raider 2 movie has not yet been greenlit. However, Green announced on Twitter that she has already finished writing a draft of the script. Currently, the project has the working title Obsidian, although it is unclear which other actors will join the cast or when filming will begin.

The 2018 Tomb Raider reboot starring Vikander aimed to revive interest in the film franchise that enjoyed much success during the early 2000s. For fans who loved her grittier portrayal of Lara Croft, the sequel’s heavy delays were certainly disappointing. Despite all the uncertainties surrounding Tomb Raider 2, Vikander’s recent update is encouraging news. It means that the project is moving along quite well with its lead actress and new director working together to plan for the sequel.

Interestingly, Tomb Raider 2 will open at the tail of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many moviegoers eager to experience the cinemas in their full glory once again. Hopefully, the sequel generates enough buzz to push its producers to jumpstart its production. If Green, Vikander, and the rest of the movie’s cast and crew get it right, Tomb Raider 2 has the potential to be even bigger than its predecessor and make the film saga a full-fledged cinematic franchise.