Amazon is ready to restart the world of tomb Raider into a whole new universe for the public to enjoy. However, it seems that the previous actress of Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander, wants another shot at the role.
Last year, it was revealed that MGM lost the rights to the tomb Raider franchise, which led to them being picked up by Amazon Prime Video. The studio wasted no time cashing in on its new property and quickly announced a new television series from Indiana Jones and the dial of fate the writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, a new movie and a video game, all connected in one tomb Raider universe.
This isn’t the first time a studio has tried to make a franchise of tomb Raider. In 2018, MGM released its own film starring Alicia Vikander, and a sequel went into production shortly after its release. However, conflicts between Vikander and director Misha Green stalled the project before MGM lost the rights to the franchise. However, Vikander says that she would be looking forward to returning as Lara Croft:
“I mean, I thought we were a lot [good to go]; we had a director and a writer,” Vikander told Variety. “But yeah, for me, that was another one of those childhood dreams: playing an action character was incredible, and beyond anything I ever thought I would do. And I think the physical part is something I really enjoyed. So, yeah, if another opportunity like that comes along, I’ll be interested.”
While it’s not uncommon for an actor to reprise his role in a franchise reboot, 2018 tomb Raider The movie received middling reviews and fell short of gold at the box office, meaning Alicia Vikander’s time as Lara Croft is probably long behind her. It’s currently unclear who will take on the role of Amazon’s new universe.
The rise of Tomb Raider
It was announced in early 2023 that, after acquiring the rights from MGM, Amazon Prime Video would restart the tomb Raider franchise for modern audiences. This includes a new movie, a video game, and a TV show, all connected in one universe. Indiana Jones and the dial of fate writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is set to write the series. There is currently no actress attached for the role of Lara Croft.
The latest attempt to create a franchise from the tomb Raider The series was in 2018, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. A sequel to the film was in development, though it fell apart following clashes between the star and director Misha Green.
Here’s the official synopsis for Alicia Vikander’s tomb Raider movie:
Lara Croft (played by Oscar winner Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who disappeared when she was barely a teenager. Now a 21-year-old with no real aim or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely paying her rent, taking college courses and rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire as adamantly as she rejects the idea that he’s really gone. Counseled to face the facts and move on after seven years without him, even Lara can’t figure out what drives her to finally solve the riddle of her mysterious death.
Explicitly going against his dying wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her father’s last known destination: a legendary tomb on a mythical island that could be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be easy; just getting to the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who, against all odds and armed only with her keen mind, blind faith, and an inherently stubborn spirit, must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she travels. Towards the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be her creation, earning her the name tomb Raider.
Directed by Roar Uthaug, tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Derek Jacobi, Dominic West, Hannah John-Kamen, Kristin Scott, and Walton Goggins.
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