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Tomb Raider sequel snaps up cult film director Ben Wheatley

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Cult film director Ben Wheatley has been snapped up for the Tomb Raider sequel (Picture: WB)

Cult film director Ben Wheatley is reportedly onboard to bring to life the new Tomb Raider sequel.

The movie, first made famous by Angelina Jolies Lara Croft, was given a reboot last year, with Alicia Vikander taking over as the fierce female.

A follow-up film is in the works and according to Deadline, Wheatley is the man of choice to put it into action.

He is the brains behind Kill List, High Rise and Free Fire and is currently finishing off his latest project, a film adaptation of Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, that will feature on Netflix.

Wheatley joins his wife and screenwriter Amy Jump on the Tomb Raider sequel, as she is penning the script while Vikander is expected to reprise her role as Croft.

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Ben is the brains behind Kill List, High Rise and Free Fire (Picture: FilmMagic)

She made her debut as Croft in 2018 and shared her excitement over playing the iconic role – later admitting she had actually forgotten to tell her dad she secured the part.

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Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, Alicia confessed: I had forgot to tell him person that the Tomb Raider film was going to happen so he had read it and texted me and he was like, “Oh my god.”

I didnt even know he knew what Tomb Raider was! But he seemed pretty excited about that and hopefully I can live up to his expectations.

Following Tomb Raiders debut, Alicia faced some frankly ridiculous criticism that argued she lacked the curves to play Lara Croft.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Alicia Vikander arrives at the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for THR)
Alicia Vikander will reprise her role as Lara Croft in the second movie (Picture: Getty)

One male critic, Jerome Maida, wrote in his review, published on Philly Voice: She never comes across as having an ounce of sex appeal and, at times, looks like she could be 16.

Toss in the lack of curves and Warner Brothers could have decided to gender bend and make a film titled “Luke Croft” – and it would have come across the same way.

The review was later edited by Philly Voice following outrage online and well, you see, the internet never forgets and Twitter made sure to put Maida firmly back in his place.

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One fan tweeted: This review is absolutely s**t. As if a woman should be defined by if she has double ds or “sex appeal” (whatever that isRead More – Source

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