Hollywood is bidding for rights to “Tomb Raider,” and a bidding war has erupted over who will play Lara Croft in the new cinematic universe. A sequel to MGM’s 2018 “Tomb Raider” film was required by May 2022 to obtain the rights to the popular video game. However, the company did not do so, putting the rights back on the market.
Several Hollywood players are vying for the chance to make their own “Tomb Raider” film, according to a report in The Wrap. As a result, Alicia Vikander, who starred in the 2018 film as the titular character, will no longer be involved in any upcoming “Tomb Raider” project. It will be a fresh start for whoever wins the rights, with an entirely new creative team.
Vikander has been open and honest about wanting to return to Lovecraft Country. She said in an interview, “I think Misha and I have been ready, so it’s really in their hands.” She was referring to Misha Green, the original writer, and director of the project. the sequel back in 2021. This latest report from The Wrap, however, says that “there are no casting or director commitments.” While Vikander will probably return, we’re unlikely to see her play Lara Croft again.