What Tomb Raider’s Villain Will Be Like, According To Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins The Hateful Eight

Ever since his breakout role of Shane Vendrell on the hit FX series, The Shield, Walton Goggins has played a good villain. It's a skill that's served him well, especially with his part in series like Justified and, most recently, Vice Principals, and it's something he'll get to do opposite Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft in the upcoming reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. Not only does this prove to be an exciting prospect for those who have been fans of Goggins since his cable baddie days, it's also something that the man himself is extremely enthusiastic about, in part because of the psychological complexities of the role.

Collider recently sat down with Goggins, in order to discuss his role on the upcoming History Channel scripted series, Six. However, with his casting in the Tomb Raider reboot still on everyone's minds, the subject of just what makes this villain appealing to the actor's already honed sensibilities of villainy was something that was bound to come up. In the opinion of Walton Goggins, the reasons this antagonist is interesting to him are as follows:

And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I'm just looking forward to getting in his head. I'm really, really, really excited about it.

Whomever this person Walton Goggins is playing is, they are lacking a name at this moment. And yet, the fact that Goggins will be antagonizing Alicia Vikander's incarnation of the legendary relic hunter is enough to have us waiting with baited breath to find out anything new that may come from the Tomb Raider set. For instance, we wonder if this new villain will be another Southern drawling charmer, much like some of Goggins' previous characters, or will he have a more toned down presence to match the psychological profile of this character? Our money is on the former, as it's done him so well in recent years, particularly thanks to his standout role in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, as you'll see below.

There's still plenty of time to find out whatTomb Raider has up its sleeves in terms of its story and characters, but just knowing that Walton Goggins has enough material to invest himself into the film fully makes us happy to see this film in our future. Tomb Raider uncovers the origins of Lara Croft on March 16, 2018. Meanwhile, you can see Walton Goggins next on the History Channel series, Six, which premieres on January 18th, 2017.

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