Warner Bros.’ upcoming live-action Tomb Raider reboot became very interesting when it announced that Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander was going to be playing Lara Croft, a critically-acclaimed actress that not many might have thought would sign on for a video game adaptation. After her impressive work in films like Ex Machina and The Danish Girl, she’s one of the most sought-after actresses working today, so it seems reasonable to believe that the reboot must have offered her something truly exciting for her to sign on not only as its lead, but also to play a character like Lara Croft for presumably, multiple films, if the reboot is successful.
The reboot became even more interesting then, when Walton Goggins was announced to be playing its currently unknown, mysterious villain. After just recently shining not only in TV series like Justified and Vice Principals, as well as Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, he’s emerged as one of the most exciting and talented character actors of his generation – and Goggins’ casting as the villain, coupled with Vikander as Croft, shows a unique, dramatic vision for Tomb Raider that some fans might not have been expecting.
Not much is known about the reboot currently, including who exactly Goggins will be playing in it. However, while speaking with Collider, the actor revealed what it was that intrigued him about the film, and why he’s so excited to delve into his character’s mental state for it:
I’m just so excited about it! I’m such a big fan of Alicia and this director, Roar [Uthaug]. Quite honestly, the script feels like it’s already been in the world, in some ways. The structure and the foundation of this story is so solid and so interesting. It’s so unbelievably entertaining, and yet it’s real in the journey that it takes you on. And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I’m just looking forward to getting in his head. I’m really, really, really excited about it.
Goggins has previously made statements similar to this one, and it seems like both Vikander and director Roar Uthaug’s involvement in the film was just as important to him signing on for the project as the script itself was. As can probably be expected for a film about treasure hunting characters too, it seems like Goggins’ character’s drive may be more than just one of greed in the film, and what will be exciting is seeing not only how his character fights with Vikander’s Croft, but also what their pre-existing relationship may or may be when we’re introduced to them both in the reboot.
Now, of course, Hollywood has yet to make a truly successful video game adaptation, meaning one that is both financially successful and critically well-received, so there’s always going to be a bit of pessimism surrounding films like this moving forward until the trend starts to change a little bit at least. But with that being said, so far Tomb Raider has assembled an interesting, and unusual creative team for itself, with a number of names attached to it that don’t seem to be obvious choices for the project – something that gives it the potential to actually be pretty good.