The 2018 Tomb Raider reboot was intended to meant to launch a new franchise based on the smash-hit, all-time great video game series. The character had previously been adapted as two high-grossing, yet critically mauled, entries starring Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft. This time around Alicia Vikander was in the role.
The movie was… OK. It barely put a foot wrong, and yet somehow also didn’t really blow anyone away.
The latest Tomb Raider movie told the story of Lara Croft. Following the disappearance of her father, Lord Richard Croft, she makes a living as a bike courier. She is arrested after a collision with a police car. Richard’s business partner Ana Miller posts her bail and urges Lara to accept her inheritance.
Lara believes her father to still be alive, but Miller warns Lara that if she does not claim her inheritance, the family estate, Croft Manor, will be sold off. Lara reluctantly accepts and gains access to a secret chamber in her father’s tomb, where she finds a pre-recorded video message from Richard detailing his research into Himiko, the mythical Queen of Yamatai who was said to command the power over life and death.
Richard warns Lara to destroy his research, but she ignores his warnings and investigates further, sending her on a globe spanning adventure.
A sequel was always in the works, but has so-far failed to materialise. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Vikander pointed to issues following the recent MGM and Amazon merger:
“With the MGM and Amazon buyout, I have no clue. Now it’s kind of politics,” Vikander said in a recent interview with “I think [writer Misha Green, who also worked on HBO’s Lovecraft County] and I have been ready, so it’s kind of in somebody else’s hands, to be honest.
I’ve been excited to show the world. I love what she’s done with Lovecraft County.”
Vikander’s performance as Croft was praised and the movie turned a small profit. Ben Wheatley was set to direct the sequel but dropped out due to delays and scheduling. The sequel has a working title of with the working title Tomb Raider: Obsidian.