Based on the 2013 Crystal Dynamics rebooted game, The Wave director Roar Uthaug's upcoming Tomb Raider movie stars Alicia Vikander in the role of Lara Croft, the iconic video game character who's been solving puzzles and raiding tombs since 1996.
The new adaptation also stars Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, and Hannah John-Kamen, with a storyline that takes us all the way back to Lara's early beginnings as an adventurer, when she finds herself on a mythical island off the coast of Japan called Yamatai. There she will have to fight for her survival as she searches for a fabled tomb and faces a shadowy organization called Trinity.
SYFY WIRE's Migdalia Melendez recently had the chance to chat with Goggins (who plays the film's villain, Mathias Vogel) and Wu (who plays Lara's ally Lu Ren), during which the two actors revealed what attracted them to the project despite video game adaptations getting a bad rep (see, or don't see, the recent Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft).
"I just didn't look at it as a video game adaptation," Goggins told us. "I sort of haven't had those preconceived ideas. I just looked at the story, and the merits of the story, and it was all there. What Geneva [Robertson-Dworet] wrote and the way […] was going to photograph it, and I just knew the way Alicia was going to play this — or a version of it, anyway — and it was just that good. And Graham King is our producer, Martin Scorsese's a producer. He's one of the best in the history of the business. And so for me, it just all made sense."
Wu agreed with Goggins and added, "When you read the script, it's the story on its own. It's a well-written story with really three-dimensional characters, and it doesn't really necessarily have to relate to the game. You don't know anything about the game, you can still enjoy the story. That's what you need to be successful. If you are too worried what the game is like and trying to be respectful to those things, it starts to lose focus. But that said, there are still easter eggs in the film for the people that play the game… But it's got to exist as a successful storytelling endeavor on its own."
Goggins and Wu also summed up the film in six words, played a riddle game, and revealed a fun fact about one of their fellow cast members. Check out our exclusive video interview and chime in with your thoughts in the comments below.
Tomb Raider opens on March 16.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.