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Everything you need to know about Tomb Raider 2

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

Tomb Raider 2 is making cautious progress after being delayed indefinitely from its originally-planned March 2021 release.

After the delay, it was confirmed in January 2021 that Lovecraft Country showrunner Misha Green is taking over from Ben Wheatley as director. Green is writing the sequel too, replacing Amy Jump who was working on the Wheatley version.

In May 2021, Green confirmed that she had finished the first draft for the sequel with the title Tomb Raider: Obsidian. "Title's not even approved," she added, so we'll wait and see if that ends up being the official title when the movie is released.

While we wait for that day, here's everything you need to know about Tomb Raider 2.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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 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.

Given that the movie hadn't started filming, it wasn't a surprise that it was eventually delayed indefinitely. Misha Green might have taken over as writer/director, but we're still no closer to a confirmed release date.

In July 2021, Vikander noted that the sequel apparently isn't officially greenlit, but everything is in place for it to happen: "The script is in the making, and I think everyone is excited and I would love to revisit Lara again."

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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 until we see it released.

It's worth noting that this is entirely speculation because nothing has been confirmed beyond the postponement. 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 plot: What will Tomb Raider 2 be about?

After Lara saved the world and stopped the deadly virus from 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.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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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.

It could also take inspiration from the Rise of the Tomb Raider video game sequel, given that the first movie took heavy inspiration from Crystal Dynamics' 2013 reboot of the gaming franchise.

That game sees Lara travel to the lost city of Kitezh following her father's research into immortality – and a magical MacGuffin that can grant it – called the Divine Source. Misha Green has said she's a fan of the game, so read into that what you will.

Whatever it ends up being about, Vikander is just excited by the prospect on working with Green on a "very big-ass film together".

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, and filming is totally reliant on *gestures vaguely at the world*. Sigh.

Tomb Raider 2 doesn't yet have a confirmed release date.

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