The Tomb Raider film franchise has hit the reboot button and will finally be bouncing back to the big screen next year, almost fifteen years after the release of the slightly underwhelming (but still enjoyable) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.
Directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the as-yet untitled film will be out on March 16, 2018 and will see Lara Croft embark on an expedition to find her long-lost (and presumed dead) father.
Here’s what you need to know about the cast of the new Tomb Raider film!
Alicia Vikander - Lara Croft
This Oscar-winning Swedish actress will be taking over from Angelina Jolie and will be playing a slightly younger (but no less tough) Lara Croft.
While the film won’t be a live-action adaptation of the 2013 game, Alicia Vikander’s Lara will probably have a lot more in common with the Rise of the Tomb Raider Croft than with the Lara of yesteryear. Expect a grittier, more down-to-earth take on the iconic adventurer.
For some great examples of Alicia Vikander’s work, check out her Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl or her haunting performance as the humanoid robot Ava in the 2015 sci-fi film, Ex Machina. You’ll also be able to see her in the 2017 film Tulip Fever, a period drama set in 17th century Amsterdam.
Walton Goggins - Chief Antagonist (Name Not Yet Known)
The Alabama-born Walton Goggins has been cast as the film’s chief villain and while we know virtually nothing about his character (we don’t even have a name for him yet), the actor has described him as “confused, angry, and desperate”.
Goggins is no stranger to playing villains on screen. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the American crime drama series Justified and was commended for his performance as the sadistic fight trainer Billy Crash in the 2012 Tarantino film Django Unchained.
Some fans have speculated that he will be playing the 2013 game’s villain, Mathias, while others argue he’ll be playing Von Croy based on the hat that appears in his Instagram photo. Chances are he’ll be playing a brand-new character but until we have some concrete details about Goggin’s character, it’s anyone’s guess.
For more of Walton Goggin’s recent work, check out the HBO comedy series Vice Principals or History’s mini-series SIX, which starts on January 18, 2017.
Daniel Wu - Lu Ren
Chinese-American actor, director, and martial artist Daniel Wu will be playing Lu Ren, a ship captain who will partner with Lara Croft on her quest to find her father.
Wu made his acting debut back in 1998 and has appeared in over 60 films since then, including the 2016 video-game adaptation Warcraft and the 2013 sci-fi flick Europa Report.
He can also be seen in AMC’s dystopian martial arts drama Into the Badlands, where he plays Sunny, a deadly assassin searching for enlightenment in a ruthless land.
Not much else is known about his character, Lu Ren, though it’s possible he may be replacing Conrad Roth as Croft’s mentor and father figure for this film. Uthaug has made no secret of the fact that the film may stray from the events and lore of Crystal Dynamics’ game series so there’s a good chance we won’t be seeing Roth in this installment.
More cast and character details will be added to this article as they become available.
Last updated on January 12, 2017.
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