We honestly didn’t think it would happen, but there will be a sequel to 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot.

Deadline has reported that Amy Jump has been hired by MGM and Warner Bros to write the script for the sequel, apparently because star Alicia Vikander liked what she saw in Jump’s work.

Jump is best known for her work with Ben Wheatley, the director behind cult British movies Free Fire, Kill List and High-Rise, and on September 4, it was confirmed that Wheatley would be directing the sequel.

But what else can we expect from Lara Croft’s fourth big-screen outing (and second sequel)?

Tomb Raider 2 release date: When will it arrive?

Along with the announcement of Wheatley as director, Warner Bros confirmed a release date of March 19, 2021 for the sequel.

That’s in line with the mid-March release of the first movie which went on to gross $275 million worldwide. Filming is set to start in early 2020, but there are no further confirmed details as of yet.

Tomb Raider 2 cast: Who’s coming back?

Alicia Vikander will definitely be back as Lara Croft, and even expressed an interest in playing Lara again before the release of the first movie.

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“Yes, I adored taking on the role of Lara,” she said. “So yeah, we’ll see. If there’s an audience out there for it, then I would love to.”

Elsewhere, it’s not as obvious who will return. However, 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.

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Tomb Raider 2 plot: Any hints?

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.

Tomb Raider 2 trailer: When will it land?

You can do all the hunting you want, but there won’t be a trailer for some time yet. With a 2021 release date confirmed, we could expect a first look at Comic-Con 2020.


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