Stop and think for a minute: who was the bad guy of the first Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movie? Who was the villain of the second one? Exactly, nothing about those movies really stands out aside from the fact that Angelina Jolie was a great looking Lara Croft. It was eye candy, and unsurprisingly, that was no where near enough to sustain a movie franchise. In casting Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, the producers were setting a tone that this Lara Croft is going to be more than good looking, and now, it looks like they’re going to give our new resident Tomb Raider an adversary worthy of her.
Variety is reporting that Walton Goggins has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. The nature of the villain, or who he is, was not revealed, but if the movie is using the plot of the 2013 video game reboot of the Lara Croft series, then it seems likely that Goggins could be playing cult leader Mathias, who’s participating in a deadly ritual on a Pacific Island that involves Sun Goddesses, mystical storms, and a former attempt by Imperial Japan and the Nazis to get that power. The story is about Lara’s first expedition, and how the adventure and experience helped form her to becoming the Tomb Raider we know and love.
Goggins is an accomplished character actor on both the small and big screens; his TV resume includes The Shield and Justified, while he’s appeared on film in Predators, Lincoln, Mojave, American Ultra, Cowboys & Aliens, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. Norway’s Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) will direct the film from a script by up-and-comer Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Production on Tomb Raider will likely begin sometime early in the new year.
Tomb Raider will be in theatres everywhere on March 16, 2018.