It has been revealed that Alicia Vikander will not be back as Lara Croft. Previously, it had been stated that the Oscar-winning actress will be appearing in a Misha Green-directed sequel. However, it is not happening now. She had previously been a part of the 2018 reboot Tomb Raider.
Instead, a bidding war has begun as MGM has lost the rights to this project. The war is for a new studio to get the rights to the Tomb Raider franchise. As per reports from TheWrap, it was slated that if MGM fails to greenlight a sequel to Tomb Raider by May 2022, it will lose the rights to the project.
The studio missed the deadline and now other studios can bid to win the project. As per insiders, there are no casting or director commitments because it’s a complete reboot. The outlet also revealed, “Rights reverted to the game company, then the game company and Graham King’s GK Films made a deal to rep the IP”.
The original version included Angelina Jolie back in 2001 and 2003. The movie garnered $432 million worldwide and Alicia’s reboot earned $275 million. The latter had commented on the updates with Tomb Raider recently.
She revealed that it is not greenlit but the script was in the making. The actress added that everybody is excited and she herself would love to reprise her role as Lara. She had said this last year in an interview. However, her latest chat with Entertainment Weekly confirmed the movie’s status is in limbo.
She shared that she does not have a clue and it’s a kind of politics. This was a reference to Amazon’s multi-billion-dollar acquisition of MGM in March. Alicia further added that Misha and she have been ready but it is in someone else’s hands.
The actress also claimed she cannot talk a lot about Misha’s vision of the movie but she is excited to show the world.