Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander
Tomb Raider Alicia Vikander

The Alicia Vikander-led Tomb Raider movie reboot sequel has gotten both a director and official release date of March 19, 2021.

Ben Wheatley is set to direct the sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider. Wheatley’s directorial credits include such films as High-Rise, Free Fire and Kill List, and he also directed two episodes of Doctor Who for BBC in 2014. He will replace Roar Uthaug, who directed the first installment but was never attached to the sequel.

According to Deadline, MGM has set a March 19, 2021 release date for the as-yet untitled Tomb Raider sequel, with Vikander once again starring and Wheatley calling the shots from screenwriter Amy Jump’s script. Production on the film is slated to get underway near the top of 2020.

Loosely based on the 2013 reboot of the original video game franchise, last year’s Tomb Raider put a decidedly grittier spin on the world of Lara Croft, with Vikander portraying the character as a young woman who’s only just begun her career as a globe-trotting adventurer. The film drew mixed reviews and was criticized for its uninspired origin story, but praised for not objectifying Vikander and delivering impressively rough and tumble action sequences.

Produced by GK Films with a screenplay from Amy Jump, the Tomb Raider sequel stars Alicia Vikander. The film arrives in theaters March 19, 2021.

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