The franchise has already been enjoying a renaissance on the video game front, and now Tomb Raider is coming back to the big screen — and there will be one heck of a good actor menacing the new version of Lara Croft.
Variety reports Walton Goggins (Justified, The Shield) has signed on to play the film’s primary villain, opposite Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina). Vikander will play Lara Croft, taking over for Angelina Jolie, who played Croft in the two so-so early 2000s Tomb Raider films. The new film is expected to draw most of its inspiration from the new run of Tomb Raider video games, which have made for some acclaimed releases that follow a younger Lara on her first big missions.
Lining up Vikander to play Croft already put one excellent actress on the cast list, and Goggins has us even more excited to see how this project comes together. Goggins had memorable turns in Justified and The Shield, and recently completed the first season of HBO’s cult dark comedy hit Vice Principals. Though he’s likely best known for his small-screen work, Goggins has also scored roles in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Django Unchained.
The new Tomb Raider film is set to open March 16, 2018.