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Lara Croft is one of the most popular characters in video game history, but it looks like we might have to wait until she appears on our screens again.
In an interview for HBO’s Irma Vep, Alicia Vikander, who portrayed Lara Croft in 2018’s Tomb Raider, says that Misha Green will write and direct this continuation, but it has been deferred.
“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 Croft’s origin tale in Roar Uthaug’s 2018 smash-hit as she walked down a path to follow her father (Dominic West), who had done investigations about an ancient Japanese ruler.
“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 Continuation Supposed to Release Before the Pandemic
The follow-up was in the works, but things were put on hold after the pandemic – quarantine and strict protocols.
“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?”
The success of Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft has been matched by Vikander, earning an estimated $274 million at the worldwide box office.
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, she has been involved in controversial issues as her sex appeal is used for marketing. This reflects an issue that’s widely debated in society today.
Some of the games according to 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)
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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