Alicia Vikander is no longer Lara Croft, as the Tomb Raider film series is in limbo

Things aren’t looking great for the sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider film adaptation, which starred Alicia Vikander as a young Lara Croft searching for her father on the island of Yamati.

A new report from The envelope revealed that following its takeover by Amazon, MGM lost the rights to the Tomb Raider films. The studio would have had until May of this year to move forward with a sequel, but that ship has now sailed.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

As a result, a “host of Hollywood film studios” is currently making offers over the rights to the film, with insiders revealing it resulted in Alicia Vikander being dropped from the project.

Instead, all future Tomb Raider movies will be a “full reboot” and, as it stands, “no casting or director commitments” are attached.

Earlier this month, Vikander opened up about his return to the role, admitting that “politics” stood in the way of any sequel development.

“It’s kind of in someone else’s hands, to be honest,” she shared.

However, at this point, Vikander still seemed set to portray Lara Croft again, with the actress discussing director Misha Green’s readiness for the film. “[We have both] been ready,” she said.


Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft.

Elsewhere in the grave-riddled world of Lara Croft, earlier this year Crystal Dynamics announced that its next game in the series would be made in Unreal Engine 5. It will be Lara’s first outing since the developer was brought in by Embracer as part of a huge deal with Square Enix.

Little is known about this future installment, but we do know that Days Gone director Jeff Ross has joined the studio as design director (so, Lara on a motorcycle, please, good sir).

More recently, former Call of Duty developer Belinda Garcia joined the Tomb Raider team as writer/narrative designer.

Meanwhile, Embracer said it sees “great potential” in its newly acquired intellectual property, and hinted that some remakes of older games in the series may well be coming to us in the future.

But while all of that is happening in the background, fellow Lara fans also have a Tomb Raider animated series coming to Netflix. This series will focus on the events that follow after the conclusion of the reboot in Shadow of the Tomb Raider in 2018.

Or, you can dive into the Tomb Raider cookbook and make yourself a batch of Lara’s favorite beans on toast to fuel you while you wait for more news on the future of movies and games.

Andrea G. Henderson