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Alicia Vikander Out as 'Tomb Raider,' Krysten Ritter In for the 'Orphan Black' Spinoff

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 29, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | July 29, 2022 |


— The Orphan Black sequel has found its lead in Krysten Ritter, who has a hell of an act to follow coming after Tatiana Maslany. I’ve really only seen Ritter play one type of character: Droll. She does it very well. It’s not entirely clear based on the logline that she would play multiple characters, as Maslany did. Orphan Black: Echoes is a 10-episode series set in the same universe as Orphan Black and follows “a group of women — one of them played by Ritter — as they weave their way into each other’s lives and embark on a thrilling journey, unraveling the mystery of their identity and uncovering a wrenching story of love and betrayal. Ritter’s Lucy is a woman with an unimaginable origin story, trying to find her place in the world.”

The Wilds on Prime Video has been canceled after two seasons. The first season was very compelling; the second was not. The second season, however, did end in a cliffhanger that I suppose will never get resolved. After that second season, I’m not sure a resolution would’ve been worth another 8-10 hours of episodes.

— Five Rocky movies and three Creed movies are apparently not enough, as Robert Lawton has written a script for Drago, which will center on Dolph Lundgren’s character and his son, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), introduced in Creed II.

— MGM didn’t greenlight a Tomb Raider sequel with Alicia Vikander soon enough, so the rights have reverted back to the video game company. Now there is a bidding war to see who gets to make the next Tomb Raider movie, which will not feature Vikander. I’m not sure what the obsession is with the property — with Vikander and Angelina Jolie, the movies have never been massive successes, but I suppose everyone thinks they have the magic pill for transforming it into the gigantic tentpole they think it should be.

— Baffleck isn’t done yet. In addition to showing up in The Flash — whenever that eventually comes out — Ben Affleck was also spotted on the set of Aquaman 2, where he will reprise his role as DC’s Batman, nevermind his terrible experience playing the role in the past.

— Everyone knows this by now, but I don’t think we’ve reported it yet: Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue to split hosting duties on Jeopardy. As the occasional viewer, I’m cool with this because it elicits no drama. As someone who runs a pop culture site, I’m gonna miss the drama.

— Finally, mere minutes after Alison posted her positive review of AMC+’s Moonhaven, AMC renewed it for a second season. I’m pretty sure that Alison’s review is why. They were just waiting for the seal of approval from a site called Pajiba!

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