The upcoming Tomb Raider already earned a good deal of interest thanks to its casting the incredibly talented Alicia Vikander as heroine Lara Croft - but our interest in the new video game adaptation just doubled. This is because the production has had the good sense to cast the amazing Walton Goggins as the film's primary antagonist.
Variety is reporting that Goggins is now in final negotiations to play the villain in Tomb Raider - though the identity and personality of his character have not yet been revealed. The film is gearing up for production in the next few months with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug at the helm, and it's likely that this won't be the last casting announcement we see in the coming weeks.
Production on the Tomb Raider reboot really started in earnest around this time in 2015, when Uthaug came on board to direct. Alicia Vikander was confirmed for the role of Lara Croft back in April, and the movie has seemingly spent the months since developing. MGM has announced that they have plans to release the film in theaters on March 16, 2018, which means that we should hear about the start of production in early 2017.
Between The Shield, Justified, and, most recently, Vice Principals, Walton Goggins is primarily known for his work on the small screen, but he has also been a part of some major movies, including Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and both Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight from Quentin Tarantino. Anyone familiar with his work knows that he brings a particular manic energy to every role he plays, and setting him up as a central villain in a big adventure blockbuster is extremely exciting.
Next year, Walton Goggins will not only be back on the small screen in the second season of the aforementioned Vice Principals (which is currently one of the best shows on television), but he also has a key role in the History Channel mini-series Six, which centers on the famous Navy SEAL Team Six. His only other in-development film project is director Jon Avnet's The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, which is in post-production and co-stars Peter Dinklage, Richard Gere, Bradley Whitford and Julianna Margulies.
Video game movies don't exactly have the best track record, but we're hoping that Walton Goggins inclusion in the new Tomb Raider will help turn the genre around. Hit the comments below to tell us what you think of the casting, and stay tuned for more news about the project!