Deadline reports that Free Fire director Ben Wheatley has singed-on to direct the Tomb Raider sequel starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander. Along with the release date being set for March 19th, 2021.
Ben Wheatley has been set to direct MGM’s Tomb Raider sequel, with the studio setting a release date of March 19, 2021.
I actually called the hiring back in April in an off-handed tweet.
so there is a shot that Ben Wheatley directs TOMB RAIDER 2, right? pic.twitter.com/q92k0CEebo
— Christopher Marc (@_ChristopherM) April 15, 2019
It’ll be interesting to see what Ben can do as he normally doesn’t tackle “action films” but did a superb job with his cartoonish action-comedy Free Fire starring Armie Hammer and Brie Larson. I feel like his tongue-in-cheek humor would fit nicely with the franchise and will be able to deliver some unexpected action beats as well.
Ben recently worked on the Netflix gothic romance flick Rebecca starring Armie Hammer and Lily James.
I was sort of a big Lara Croft fan from the games, not so much the Angelina Jolie films and while I liked most of the first film starring Vikander it didn’t completely do it for me. Hopefully, the addition of Wheatley behind the camera will fix those previous issues I had with the film as I enjoy his pacing a lot.