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The next Lara Croft-starred movie has been delayed yet again.

Alicia Vikander, the award-winning actress who played Lara Croft in 2018’s Tomb Raider film, says the sequel might be postponed after asking Misha Green to write and direct the follow-up. 

“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 her origin tale in 2018 as she walked down a path similar to what her father did across an island far away from home. She investigates an ancient Japanese queen. 

“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 Sequel Supposed to Drop Before the Pandemic

The follow-up was about to see the light of day before this pandemic postponed things over recent years.

“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?” 

Seventeen years after Angelina Jolie first took on the role of Lara Croft in 2001, her successor Vikander earned the film $274 million at the box office worldwide – almost the same amount as the 2001 film. 

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Tomb Raider First Released as a Game

The video game series, Tomb Raider, has 88 million copies sold worldwide by 2022. Critics have 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. 

However, her involvement in some controversial issues has come under fire. The debate surrounding using sex appeal for marketing is one such example. 

Some of the games inspired by 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) 

Legend (2006)

Anniversary (2007)

Underworld (2008) 

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)

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