Alicia Vikander Likely To Return For Next Tomb Raider Movie

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Alicia Vikander Likely To Return For Next Tomb Raider Movie

Much like the video game series of the same name, the Tomb Raider movies also got their own reboot last year in the form of an Alicia Vikander-lead film that covers much the same ground as the game reboot. Both the movie and the game told the origin of Lara Croft before she came the eponymous Tomb Raider and it looks like the movie will be getting its own sequel, too.

MGM and Warner Bros. have given the go-ahead to Amy Jump to write a script, according to Deadline. Jump has shown her script to Vikander, who apparently liked it. It is likely that Vikander will go ahead and reprise her role as Lara Croft in a sequel.

If the second movie hews as close to the reboot games as the first one did, then it will likely follow the Rise of the Tomb Raider. That 2015 title had Lara dealing with the events of the first game emotionally and eventually searching for a long-hidden key to immortality in a hidden-away village. Considering the last movie ended on a bit of a cliffhanger revelation, a sequel will likely deal directly with that, as well.

Mortal Kombat 11 Has A Way To Buy Cosmetic Items With Real Money

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Mortal Kombat 11 Has A Way To Buy Cosmetic Items With Real Money

NetherRealm Studios has announced that while Mortal Kombat 11 contains no "pay-to-win" aspects, players will be able to purchase cosmetic items with real money.

On this week's "Kombat Kast" (a regular Mortal Kombat 11 livestream from NetherRealm showing off characters for Mortal Kombat 11), producer Shaun Himmerick announced an in-game currency called "time crystals," purchased with real money, that lets you directly purchase skins, pieces of gear, intro and victory animations, easy fatalities (a consumable that simplify the inputs for fatalities), and other cosmetic items.

You won't be able to buy anything that alters your characters actual combat prowess or moves, however, such as custom moves or augments (which are the stat modifiers you plug into gear), as well as the consumable power-ups you can use in the Towers of Time mode. NetherRealm has stated in the past they're open to adding additional moves post-launch as DLC, though if they were implemented, they'd likely be free.

Disney Will Take A Hiatus On Star Wars Movies After This Year

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Disney Will Take A Hiatus On Star Wars Movies After This Year

If you're a fan of Star Wars, then you probably have opinions about the frequency of the movies after Disney purchased the property. Starting with The Force Awakens, there has been a Star Wars movie every single year. A lot of people suspected this would continue into the foreseeable future, but Disney president Bob Iger says that Episode IX, now named Rise of the Skywalker, will be the last one for a while.

Speaking to Bloomberg after yesterday's Disney Investor's conference, Iger expressed that the annual structure for Star Wars isn't a long-term strategy.

“We will take a pause, some time, and reset,” Iger said, “because the Skywalker saga comes to an end with this ninth movie. There will be other Star Wars movies, but there will be a bit of a hiatus.”

Lego Introduces A New Tantive IV Set At Star Wars Celebration

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Lego Introduces A New Tantive IV Set At Star Wars Celebration

Lego is celebrating 20 years of making Star Wars sets with a unique line of product based on Star Wars: A New Hope. This commemorative line received an unexpected edition at Star Wars Celebration: the Tantive IV, a 1,768-piece set that comes with five minifigures. Lego says it will hit retail stands on May 3 for roughly $200.

This rebel frigate comes with the figures you would expect: Princess Leia, R2-D2, C-3PO, Captain Antilles, a rebel trooper, and one you wouldn't expect, Bail Organa (yes, Jimmy Smits). The ship opens up to reveal an interior, cargo hold, escape pods, and gun turrets. You can take a look at all of these pieces in the image gallery below:

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Datamining Suggests Thanos Event Will Return To Fortnite

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Datamining Suggests Thanos Event Will Return To Fortnite

Last year, Thanos made an appearance in a special Fortnite battle royale mode that let players turn into the snappy Avengers villain. The mode came about when Avengers: Infinity War directors the Russo brothers, who were big fans of Fortnite, ended up speaking to people at Epic and the two parties agreed a Thanos mode would be pretty cool. Now it looks like we'll be seeing a return of the mode, according to some recent datamining.

New Kill Feed messages (1st image) and new Death Feed messages (2nd image)
"unleashed an inferno on" sounds interesting...#fortnite pic.twitter.com/ROZnzTfLXo

One of the new death messages reads "[PlayerName} yielded to the POWER of Thanos ({Killer})," indicating that the mode that allowed players to turn into Thanos and wreak havoc across the battlefield will be coming back. The previous version had to be rebalanced immediately after being reintroduced, so presumably Epic is taking a softer hand to how powerful Thanos is this time.

The Force Is Strong In Star Wars: Episode IX's First Trailer

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The Force Is Strong In Star Wars: Episode IX's First Trailer

It feels like we've been waiting forever for a first look at Star Wars: Episode IX. Lucasfilm has been unusually quiet with its flagship franchise following the disappointing box office haul for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Like many Star Wars films these days, Episode IX's development was rocked by Lucasfilm parting ways with writer and director Colin Trevorrow in the scripting stages, and ended up going back to J.J. Abrams to complete this episode, which just happens to be the conclusion of the Skywalker saga. Abrams brought in Oscar-winning writer Chris Terrio (Argo, Batman v Superman) to help piece this story together. Abrams worked with Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) on The Force Awakens.

At this year's Star Wars Celebration, and in front of a roaring crowd in Chicago's McCormick Place, Abrams finally pulled the curtain back to show what he and his team at Lucasfilm have been working on. The panel began with a surprise: Stephen Colbert ran out as the host and opened with a barrage of Star Wars jokes, saying he just flew in from Dagobah, or did he, he may just be a Force projection.

Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took the stage next, and hyped up the movie in a big way. Kennedy saying that Abrams cares about Star Wars "more than anybody."

Report: Infinity Ward and Respawn Co-Founder Jason West Hired By Epic Games

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Report: Infinity Ward and Respawn Co-Founder Jason West Hired By Epic Games

Jason West has had an impressive career. As a co-founder of Infinity Ward and Respawn Entertainment, he's helped shape and define popular series such as Call of Duty and Titanfall. 

After a string of legal battles after a fallout with Activision, West joined Vince Zampella in forming Respawn Entertainment back in 2010. The studio is best known for Titanfall and, more recently, Apex Legends. West stepped away from Respawn back in 2013, retiring due to family issues

It seems West has come out of retirement to join Epic Games. The news comes via Geoff Keighley, best known as the mastermind and presenter of The Game Awards. Keighley is very well connected in the industry, so it's likely to be the case. Keighley dropped the news on Twitter, saying West was hired "quietly" by Epic Games. 

Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

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Take A Tour Of Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration is currently underway in Chicago's McCormick Place convention center. If there really is Star Wars fatigue, it isn't here. This place is packed with fans decked out in Star Wars gear who are eager to find out what the future holds and want to celebrate the past.

When the doors opened at 1 p.m., people immediately formed lines for the exclusive items you can only get at the show. The official Star Wars shop has a line so long that I couldn't find its end; it just kept snaking around corners. Hasbro also has a sizable line filled with people waiting to buy Darth Maul and Obi-Wan action figures.

Today's focus is mostly on shopping, photo ops, and autographs. Although twice as many people are expected each day through the weekend, the fun stuff begins tomorrow. Episode IX's panel kicks off at 11 a.m., hopefully giving us our first look and a title. Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order is Saturday. The Mandalorian gets its own time in the spotlight on Sunday.

The Next Jump Force DLC Character Is All Might

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The Next Jump Force DLC Character Is All Might

Jump Force's DLC is still coming fast and furious. We got the announcement of Seto Kaiba, Yugi Moto's rival and overall jerk, just a few weeks ago. Now Bandai Namco has revealed the second DLC character, My Hero Academia's All Might, the world's number one superhero.

"It's fine now. Why? Because I am here!" All Might will soon join JUMP FORCE!
Get ready to Unite to Fight with him to defend Earth. Order the Character Pass today: https://t.co/tpmTsX45av pic.twitter.com/pnNN9ysRZ8

A few months ago, a Jump Force season pass leak was supposedly datamined and released onto the internet. The leak included announced characters like Seto Kaiba and All Might, but also had names like Grimmjow, Trafalagar Law, Madara Uchiha, and more. It seems more and more likely that the leaked list is turning out to be true.

Disney+ Is Coming To Consoles

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Disney+ Is Coming To Consoles

Disney has announced that Disney+, their paid subscription service, will be coming to pretty much every device under the sun. That obviously includes TV streaming services like Chromecasts and Apple TVs, but it also means that gaming consoles like the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and surprisingly the Switch are also announced to get the service. PlayStation 4 is confirmed, with Disney hoping to get the other consoles solidified by launch.

Disney+ will be the destination for all Disney content in the future as the megacorporation pulls away from services like Netflix in order to keep all the potential profits for the content for themselves. The news was announced in a Disney Investor stream, which showed images of the many devices that would support it.

It's another curious addition to the Switch, which still lacks Netflix, something Nintendo has ascribed to wanting to keep the hybrid console focused on video games. This is despite apps like Hulu and YouTube already being on there for quite a long time, suggesting Nintendo and Netflix are not agreeing on some aspect of the app's presence on the system.