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Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

Meet the talented cast of Roar Uthaug's upcoming 'Tomb Raider' reboot!

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, 2021 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.

Alicia Vikander will star as Lara Croft in the upcoming 2018 reboot film

Alicia Vikander will star as Lara Croft in the upcoming 2018 reboot film

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.

Walton Goggins has been cast at the villain of the 2018 'Tomb Raider' film

Walton Goggins has been cast at the villain of the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ film

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.

Daniel Wu will be playing Lu Ren in the 2018 'Tomb Raider' film

Daniel Wu will be playing Lu Ren in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ film


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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About Kelly M (384 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

2 Comments on Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

  1. Yori Papilaya // January 12, 2021 at 04:43 // Reply

    Wow thank you. I almost thought the movie news is just rumors. Excited to see how it’ll come to pass, seeing video game movies still not breaking their ‘curse’. Lol

    Liked by 1 person

    • I hope they don’t fall in the trap of making it too much of a gritty reboot. A little humour is needed to save it from becoming another bland, forgettable mess…


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