Tomb Raider 2 is happening (despite our doubts over it) with some very exciting people attached to it.
Ben Wheatley – responsible for cult British movies like Kill List and High-Rise – is taking over from Roar Uthaug as the director, with Amy Jump hired to write the script for the sequel because Alicia Vikander liked Jump's writing.
The follow-up to the 2018 reboot was even given a release date of early 2021, but we have a feeling that it will be delayed like so many other movies.
But what do we actually know for sure about Lara Croft's fourth big-screen outing (and second sequel)?
Tomb Raider 2 release date: When will Tomb Raider 2 arrive?
When it was announced that Wheatley would be directing the sequel, a release date of March 19, 2021 was also announced. That release date remains on the calendar, for now.
But with everything going on in the world, and filming still in a precarious place, Tomb Raider 2 hasn't actually begun filming yet. Even if it started filming before the end of summer 2020, a March 2021 release date is beyond optimistic.
It took just over a year from when the first movie was filmed to when it was released. Whenever Tomb Raider 2 finishes filming, it will likely be a bit more than a year from then that we'll see the release. Our bet is a that it'll either be late 2021, or it will stick with the March date and get pushed back a whole year to 2022.
It's worth noting that this is entirely speculation because nothing about the filming schedule has been confirmed. Until that happens, we won't know anything for certain. Be sure to check back here for more details as and when they are announced.
Tomb Raider 2 cast: Who's coming back for Tomb Raider 2?
Alicia Vikander will definitely be back as Lara Croft, but elsewhere it's not as obvious who will return. If the sequel picks up from the first movie's ending (more on that in a bit), we can expect Kristin Scott Thomas to return as Ana Miller.
Dominic West is unlikely to come back as Lara's father Lord Richard Croft after he sacrificed himself to save his daughter, while villain Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) also died in the first movie.
Maybe Daniel Wu will be back as Lu Ren, the ship captain who helped Lara find her father and escape from Yamatai.
If Vikander had her way, maybe we'll also see a meta cameo from Angelina Jolie: "I wouldn't mind! I adore Angelina, so we'll see… we should definitely ask."
Tomb Raider 2 plot: What will Tomb Raider 2 be about?
After Lara saved the world and stopped the deadly virus escaping the tomb, she returned to London and accepted her place in her father's company.
However, she soon discovered that Trinity – the group that wanted to release the virus – was directly tied to Croft Holdings through Trinity's parent company Patna. Ana Miller, the business partner of Lara's father, is the head of Patna, and Lara figures out that Ana was working with Vogel and Trinity throughout their whole scheme.
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So the credits scene sees Lara buy the iconic twin guns from the video game, determined to carry on her father's work to stop Trinity.
Whether the sequel continues this thread of Lara's battle against Trinity remains to be seen, but there's also the opportunity for the sequel to just set up a new tomb and mission for Lara, completely detached from the original movie.
That game sees Lara travel to Lost city of Kitezh following her father's research into immortality, and a magical mcguffin which can grant it, called the Divine Source.
Later Lara travels to Siberia, where Trinity have a typically evil research facility and discovers Ana is terminally ill and wants to use the healing power of the Divine Source to save herself.
Tomb Raider 2 trailer: Any new footage of Tomb Raider 2?
You can do all the hunting you want, but there won't be a trailer for some time yet.
As mentioned above, the sequel hasn't started filming yet, so we wouldn't expect to see any new footage until 2021 at the earliest. But even that is up for debate with *gestures vaguely at the world*. Sigh.
Tomb Raider 2 is currently scheduled for release on March 19, 2021.
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