If you’re like me and adored every second of the recent Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander, you’re probably ecstatic at the news that a sequel’s been greenlit (with Ben Wheatley attached to direct).
Even if you’re not, I think I speak for a majority when I say it was oh so refreshing to see Lara slip into something a little more comfortable; literally. Swapping the hot pants and crop top (donned by the iconic Angelina Jolie incarnation) for something just a tad more realistic brought Lara back down to earth. The original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and it’s sequel The Cradle of Life (2003), remain noughties classics in their own right – but the path is paved for a new story, and a young Croft at the beginning of her own adventure.
A possible sequel to this new iteration was teased in its final moments when Lara realises, after she has signed her name on the dotted line, that her father’s company owns the very organisation that tried to kill him: Trinity. Now that a sequel is on the cards, this is what we would love to see:
1. More Tombs
If you’ve played the video games (specifically the 2013 reboot series), you’ll know there are countless hidden tombs to find and explore. In the film we focused on just one, that of the Death Queen Himiko. With Lara donning the red pickaxe once again, we hope it’s to explore more caves and coves, riddled with traps and exciting history.
2. A New Skillset
Roar Uthaug’s iteration see’s Lara at the very beginning of her journey to becoming the Tomb Raider we know. It is during the final fight that she really comes into her own, swinging onto the ladder to trap Mathias, and escaping with her most iconic weapon. Her strength is there, in climbing, archery and then some, what we’d love to see now is for her to grow with this and gain new skills – some upgraded weapons will certainly help.
3. More Trinity
It is revealed at the end of the film that the woman Lara has entrusted her father’s company to is in charge of those who invaded Yamatai, and tried to steal Himiko’s remains for themselves. Trinity is an ancient organisation that seeks to control all supernatural powers in the world – and her father was in their way. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara journeyed to clear her father’s name and dismantle them herself. The powerful group are menacing and ruthless, and a perfect antagonist to rival Vikander’s determined Croft.
4. More Lu Ren
Aside from Lu Ren (Daniel Wu), Lara didn’t have many allies on the island. A startling change from the source material, in which she survives the shipwreck with a group of her classmates. Even then, the enigmatic Lu didn’t exactly have a lot of screen time. Lara isn’t afraid to work alone, but all heroes are at their most interesting and real when they have someone to care about. It only makes sense that, after what they’ve been through and the trust they now share, Lu Ren would join her on her quest to defeat Trinity.
5. Alicia Vikander
It was speculated by other outlets, that with the indifferent response and passable box office numbers, Warner Brothers may deem the young Academy Award winner simply too expensive for a sequel. Clearly, this was just rumours and talk – and Vikander will step into the role once more to face off against Trinity. But how will she feel about dismantling her Father’s legacy?