Deadline is exclusively reporting that MGM are developing a sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider, which will see Alicia Vikander reprise the title role and have Ben Wheatley set to direct, and aim to release the sequel in 2021.
The synopsis for the 2018 film is as follows:
Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.
Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.
The report states that Amy Jump will be writing the scrip for the sequel and Graham King will produce under his GK Films banner. The original film made over $275m worldwide at the box office and was directed by Roar Uthaug. Ben Wheatley is certainly an interesting choice of director for the sequel, considering his directorial credits include Kill List, High-Rise, Sightseers and Free Fire.
Production on the sequel will commence early next year and its cinematic release is officially set for the 19th March 2021.