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Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft Return In The Bin As MGM Loses Tomb Raider Franchise Rights

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Alicia Vikander’s come back for the big screen as Lara Croft have desisted for the moment. Recent developments have revealed that MGM reportedly lost the Tomb Raider movie rights to the video game studio Square Enix, meaning the much-awaited Misha Green sequel is now in ruins.

A reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise is on the way, sans Alicia Vikander

In a recent interview with EW, Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander came up with new updates about the sequel of Tomb Raider. Since 2019 the film has been in the works and is likely to be written and directed by Misha Green from Lovecraft Country. Vikander told EW she was “excited to show the world” what Green did with Lara Croft. Unfortunately, the world will never see Green’s vision.

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Although Vikander is not much sure about the future of the film as MGM is not possessing movie rights to the video game, sparking a bidding war for the property in Hollywood. Vikander who recently starred in the HBO series Irma Vep, has been wanting a Tomb Raider sequel for years.

Anyhow, in her latest comments on the matter, she told ET her earlier this month: “With the MGM and Amazon buyout, I have no clue. Now it’s kind of politics. I think Misha and I have been ready, so it’s kind of in somebody else’s hands, to be honest.”

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In March Amazon bought MGM, the studio behind the film. The film’s future was affected by the deal of $8.5 billion. Tomb Raider 2 is standing still due to some political and business issues.

The original Tomb Raider was released in 2018 by director Roar Uthaug following the huge success with Angelina Jolie. The movie featuring Vikander revamped episodes from 2013’s Rise of Tomb the Raider game. The movie had total of $274.7 million globally. At present the movie is not having any release date.

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On Thursday, The Wrap revealed that MGM had a deadline until May to start working on the sequel, which never happened. The consequence was the start of a bidding war among several Hollywood studios wanting to acquire the property and even submitted bids, according to sources.

Even though we won’t see Vikander returning as Lara Croft, the Oscar winner will headline several quality projects in the comong days. Her work in Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep series has already been well received. Last year, her works included The Green Knight, Blue Bayou, and Beckett and will be seen in Karim Aïnouz’s historical drama Firebrand up next.

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