With Assassin’s Creed on the horizon, studios seem to be prepping many of their various video game properties for the eventual onslaught on Hollywood. While the industry has more than its fair share of inevitable films that will hit the box office with a dull thud, there are still several properties that show a great deal of promise. One of the promising films in development — and with a star attached, no less — is Tomb Raider, starring Alicia Vikander.
Tomb Raider is a film that has a lot going for it. In addition to already having a fairly successful run at the Hollywood box office in the early 2000s, it has the added benefit of a recent video game reboot. Not only did this reboot help to restore faith in the series franchise as a video game, but it gave it a second life at Hollywood, as it portrayed a less seasoned Lara Croft, somewhat in the vein of what Casino Royale was for the James Bond franchise.
Now, Warner Bros, MGM and GK films have taken another big step with the potential casting of Walton Goggins in the villain role opposite Vikander. As of this writing, the actor is in final negotiations, but there’s no doubt he’d be quite a get for the film. While not the most recognizable of actors to the mainstream, Goggins has made quite an imprint on the industry, starring in the FX series Justfied, along with the last two Quentin Tarantino films, Django Unchained and Hateful Eight, in rather sizable roles (though to me, he’ll always be Wallace from Shanghai Noon).
Assuming this deal goes through, Goggins will certainly play an interesting antagonist to Vikander’s wet-behind-the-ears protagonist. Between the great leads cast thus far, and director Roar Uthaug — who delivered the hard-hitting thriller The Wave (seriously, check that one out on Netflix) — there’s no reason Tomb Raider shouldn’t be an amazing flick.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Goggins take on the lead villain role in a big blockbuster like Tomb Raider? I’d certainly say it’s about time. Let us know your thoughts down below!
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