‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley To Helm Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel With 2021 Release

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Deadline reports MGM has tapped Free Fire director Ben Wheatley to helm Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider sequel and set a 2021 release date for the film.

Alicia Vikander’s first Tomb Raider film concluded with Lara Croft discovering that a subsidiary of Croft Holdings is actually the front company of the sinister organization known as Trinity and that one of their agents manipulated her into accepting her inheritance. Now, MGM is moving forward with a sequel to Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider that could explore the ramifications of this discovery and Free Fire director has been hired to helm the film, which is set to debut in theaters on March 19, 2021.

Free Fire writer Amy Jump is set to write the script for the Tomb Raider sequel while Graham King will produce through his GK Films banner alongside Elizabeth Cantillon. Production on Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider sequel will begin early next year.

In addition to his work on Free Fire, Ben Wheatley directing credits include Kill List, Sightseers, and High-Rise. As of now, Ben Wheatley is in post-production on his next project, Rebecca.

Do you think Ben Wheatley is the right choice to direct the sequel? Are you excited to see Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft return? Let us know below!

Here is the official synopsis for Alicia Vikander’s first Tomb Raider film:

Lara Croft (played by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander) 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.

Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on Alicia Vikander’s Tomb Raider sequel as it develops!

Source: Deadline

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