Ben Wheatley to Direct the Tomb Raider Sequel

Ben Wheatley

The early films, like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and its sequel, The Cradle of Life may have been okay action films, but they never managed to elevate her to critical success.

Ben Wheatley is set to direct the "Tomb Raider" sequel.

Alicia Vikander's debut as Lara Croft in 2018's Tomb Raider heralded one of the better-received video game adaptations as of late, and now it looks like she'll be following in Angelina Jolie's treasure-hunting footsteps towards a sequel. It's definitely a shift from the first film's director, Roar Uthaug. He worked together with Jump on Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England, High-Rise, and Free Fire. It appears that Wheatley is slowly moving towards more "mainstream" projects as he's now in post-production on a new adaptation of Rebecca. Back in April, we reported that Wheatley's frequent collaborator Amy Jump was writing the screenplay, and I suppose her involvement was enough to get Wheatley interested in the project.

Vikander first took the helm of the film franchise past year in Tomb Raider, which was directed by Roar Uthaug and grossed $275 million.

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There's no word yet if Square Enix will release a new Tomb Raider game to coincide with the film, but the possibility is certainly there. A sequel to 2018's Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander is in the works.

Tomb Raider showed a lot of potential and we're very glad Vikander is getting a team of unique and eclectic filmmakers for her second shot.

MGM is moving ahead with a sequel to last year's Tomb Raider reboot.

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