Lovecraft Country's Misha Green Will Write and Direct the Next Tomb Raider

Alicia Vikander will star in Tomb Raider 2, written and directed by Misha Green.
Alicia Vikander will star in Tomb Raider 2, written and directed by Misha Green.
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Lara Croft is going to Lovecraft Country. Sort of.

Misha Green, the creator and main driving force behind one of 2020's best shows, Lovecraft Country, has been hired to write and direct the next Tomb Raider movie, with Alicia Vikander reprising her starring role.


Deadline broke the news of the exciting team-up, which comes just two months short of the sequel’s original release date of March 2021. The first film with Vikander, directed by Roar Uthaug, was released in 2018 and basically featured the origin story of the treasure hunter made famous in the gaming world. The possibility of seeing the Oscar winner play a fully-fledged version of Croft—and a few hundred million at the box office—got news of a sequel rolling soon after, and eventually director Ben Wheatley joined the project. Then covid-19 happened, everything got pushed back, and a new director was needed.

Vikander recently said she expected filming to start this year, but exactly when that will happen, and how it might impact a potential second season of Lovecraft Country, we don’t know. What we do know is Green’s ability to tell genre stories filled with all sorts of pathos and epic action was put front and center in 2020. She’s an inspired choice to guide Lara Croft through her next adventure.

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Is Lovecraft Country good? Because going by the headlines of the reviews here, it seemed the reception was mixed at best. Did the curse of misleading headline strike again?

As for the actual topic of the article, sure? Like, I know people liked the previous film, but I found it so dreadfully *boring*. Even more boring than the reboot, which I already found to be a slog (esp. Rise. Never forced myself to play Shadow).And I still don’t understand why they got rid of the supernatural elements of the game. Pleasing China maybe? I seem to remember them having strict rules about the portrayal of skulls and undead beings in art.