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UPDATE: Dominic West Joins Tomb Raider Movie, But Not to Raid Tombs

Lara Croft in the recent Square Enix game, who will be played by Alicia Vikander in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie based on the game

The upcoming Tomb Raider movie is set for a March 16, 2018, release date.

Outstanding actor Dominic West (The Wire, The Affair) has joined the cast of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, according to THR, in the role of Lord Richard Croft, Lara’s father. Under normal circumstances, that might sound slightly odd, as West is only 19 years older than Alicia Vikander (who’s playing Lara), but Lord Croft is not alive during the main portion of the movie, and West will likely be spending most if not all of his movie time in flashbacks.

The movie’s definitely pulling together a good cast, but that’s not always a signifier of a good movie, so here’s to hoping they can pull this one off.

Tomb Raider Movie Update 1-11-17: Daniel Wu Takes a Break From the Badlands to Raid Tombs

Variety is reporting that ‘Into the Badlands’ actor Daniel Wu has signed on for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie, in the role of Lu Ren. The character is reportedly a ship captain who partners with Lara Croft on the quest to complete her father’s work, uncover ancient secrets, and clear his disgraced name.

Tomb Raider Movie Update: 01-4-17 Has the Upcoming Tomb Raider Movie Already Started Shooting?

It hasn’t quite been a month since we learned that actor Walton Goggins signed on to the upcoming Tomb Raider movie as the villain, but a recent Instagram pic from the actor has revealed that the movie may have just started.

2017…day 3… and imma bout to go Raid a motherfucking Tomb.

A photo posted by Walton Goggins (@waltongogginsbonafide) on

2017, Day 3… Hmm. That could indicate that the movie started shooting at the beginning of year, or maybe he has a schedule, and he starts shooting his role on day 3. Also, it’s unknown whether the Fedora is part of his costume, but that would make sense. After all, what villain doesn’t like a good fedora?

Update 12-27-16 Walton Goggins Discusses His Tomb Raiding Villainy

A few weeks after it was announced that Walton Goggins had joined the upcoming Tomb Raider movie as the principal villain, we’re finally getting some small details on the role thanks to an interview Goggins recently gave to Collider.

Goggins described his character as “confused and angry and desperate,” adding that he was looking forward to getting into his head. And when asked what attracted him to the role, Goggins replied that there were three primary reasons:

I think Alicia is one of the greatest actors of any generation, let alone her own. And I saw Roar’s movie The Wave last year, and I wanted to meet that filmmaker. And then, it was the script. It always starts with the story for me. I couldn’t believe I was reading what I was reading. I couldn’t believe that it continued in this way, and the ball was never really dropped.

Sounds good to me!

Update 12-7-16: Lara Croft Villainous Opponent For Upcoming Tomb Raider Movie Cast

Variety is reporting the Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Justified, The Shield) is in final neogiations to join the cast of the upcoming Tomb Raider movie. Apparently, he would be playing the main villain in the movie, though further details have not yet been revealed.

Update 7-7-16: Warner Bros. and MGM Reveal When They’ll Start Raiding Tombs

Variety is reporting that MGM and Warner Bros., have selected March 16, 2018, as the release date for their upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot. The studios are co-producing the film, and it will reportedly be based on the 2013 Square Enix prequel entry in the popular video game series.

Original Post 4-29-16: What Oscar Winning Actress Is Playing Lara Croft in the New Tomb Raider Movie?

Rumors have been circulating for a long time about a possible upcoming Tomb Raider movie, but up until now, it’s all been rumor. There was talk about Daisy Ridley being the new Lara Croft after her amazing turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, mainly because of how well she managed the character of Rey in the movie. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, you can forget all about Ridley as it’s just been announced officially that the new Lara Croft will be played by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie.

This 27-year-old Swedish actress is relatively new to the game, but she’s wasted no time making waves in the movie world, delivering recent knock-out performances in The Danish Girl (for which she won her Oscar for Best Supporting Actress) and the incredible sci-fi movie Ex-Machina (which if you haven’t seen, you DEFINITELY should.)

Actress Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina

Vikander in Ex-Machina

Vikander was pursued for another video game adaptation, Assassin’s Creed, but she turned down that offer for a chance to star opposite Matt Damon in his upcoming return to Super-Spydom, Jason Bourne (both the name of the character and the movie. Who says creativity is dead?)

This upcoming Tomb Raider movie will take us to the past – where Lara hasn’t yet become the badass archeologist and tomb raider we now know her as. It will be based on Square Enix’s 2013 game, Tomb Raider, which serves as a prequel to the previous games in the franchise, and will center around Croft’s quest to find her father. The movie will also show us how and why this English girl came to be a kickass female Indiana Jones, armed with her legendary Dual Pistols, and began raiding tombs in search of relics. Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (in addition to having a great name) will be directing the upcoming Tomb Raider movie.

In the past, two Tomb Raider movies have been released – one in 2001, titled Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and the second one in 2003, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, both starring Angelina Jolie (also an Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress, thankyouverymuch), who was, according to millions of fans worldwide, the perfect version of Lara Croft. (Though those movies left a lot else to be desired for many fans.)

Do you think Vikander will be able to surpass Jolie? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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