Alicia Vikander, the star of 2018’s Tomb Raider which was based on the reboot game trilogy, will no longer be portraying the titular Lara Croft after MGM loses the film rights. This comes from an exclusive by The Wrap in which it is reported that MGM lost the rights after failing to greenlight the project in enough time. The studio had until May to set the project in motion, which has now been and gone. Now the rights are up for grabs, so let the bidding wars commence! The report claims that “a host of Hollywood movie studios” are in the mix to buy the film rights.

Just over a week ago, GameLuster reported that the production was in limbo due to the “politics” associated with Amazon’s buyout of MGM. Vikander said of the circumstances that she had “no clue” where things were heading and that the situation was “in somebody else’s hands”, but it seems we now have an answer.

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Perhaps the next Tomb Raider will go back Lara Croft’s roots…

The report’s insiders allege that Tomb Raider‘s big screen future will be “a complete reboot and there are no casting or director commitments.” Therefore, Misha Green who was attached to the Tomb Raider sequel as its writer and director, is no longer involved.

Vikander’s outing as Lara Croft saw her embark on an adventure to solve the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance, only to discover it’s much more significant than she thought. Tomb Raider 2018 was based on the 2013 game Tomb Raider which served as a reboot and prequel to the classic Tomb Raider games.

This is certainly a twist in the tale and will mean disappointment for fans of 2018’s Tomb Raider, so for now we can only wait to see what becomes of the bidding wars and who will step into the combat boots and wield the iconic pistols of Lara Croft.

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