– by Drew Carlton

Today we learned that one my favorite television actors, Dominic West, is joining the cast of the rebooted Tomb Raider franchise. You probably remember him best from The Wire, where he played Jimmy McNulty, the protagonist of the show and a character with many personal and intriguing demons. He stamped his mark on society with this character because The Wire is considered one of the best written shows of all time, and the last time I remember West was in the only decent Punisher movie ever made where he played the iconic Jigsaw.

According to THR, West will be playing Lord Richard Croft, the father of Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. This role was originally played by Jon Voight in the Angelina Jolie Tomb Raider movies a decade ago. We know Voight is Jolie’s father in “real life,” and while West can’t claim that over the current Croft (Alicia Vikander), he did play the actress’ father in the 2014 drama Testament Of Youth. So I guess you could say we are all keeping it in the metaphorical family!

Even more exciting is the fact that the reported main antagonist will be Walton Goggins who did a bang up job in both The Shield and Justified. In fact, I had no interest in this movie until I heard about Goggins, but now with West joining the cast — and I hate to say this about a Tomb Raider film — I can’t wait!

We recently saw the failure of Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed, and throughout the past 20 years or so video game movies have not been able to leap up to comic book movie status. I personally loved Doom, but it was critically panned and failed miserably, which is kind of par for the course for these movies. Just take a look at some of these tragedies: Dead or Alive, Warcraft, Hitman, Hitman: Agent 47, House of the Dead, Need for Speed, Street Fighter, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, and Prince of Persia — just to name a few. While some of these movies were entertaining, they failed both at the box office (with the exception of the international grosses for Warcraft) and critically.

So will the new Tomb Raider bomb even with this massive, yet quirky, star power? What are your thoughts? GIVE IT TO ME STRAIGHT!

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