Tomb Raider reboot adds Hateful Eight star as villain

Lara Croft’s main foe in the new Tomb Raider has been revealed

Lara Croft is pretty much the quintessential heroine – which means that alongside her, you need a villain who is just as appropriate. Luckily, the upcoming Tomb Raider movie reboot appears to have found just the right candidate for this position – in the form of no less than Walton Goggins.

Having been seen more recently glorfying in varying levels of antagonism in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and HBO’s quick-draw comedy Vice Principals – in addition to roles in the likes of Django Unchained, Cowboys & Aliens, Straw Dogs, Lincoln, American Ultra, GI Joe: Retaliation and Machete Kills – Goggins has gradually built his way up towards lead villain status, and it’s one that he richly deserves.

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Walton Goggins alongside Danny McBride in Vice Principals.

As yet, there’s no word on who he’s playing, but he has proven his versatility over the years so there are no worries here. Considering that the movie looks set to draw inspiration from the more recent videogame incarnations of the character (depicting a younger Lara Croft than the one we’re used to seeing in the earlier games), we wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a shady businessman, a mercenary for hire, or some other kind of foe who ends up taking on far more power than he can handle, necessitating his disposal at the hands of Croft. Either way we’ll avoid hedging our bets on this one.

Goggins joins a cast that currently only includes Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, Seventh Son) in the lead role as Lara Croft, with more casting expected to be announced imminently. Roar Uthaug (The Wave, Escape) is directing from a script penned by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (who is currently writing Sherlock Holmes 3 and the Dungeons & Dragons reboot).

Tomb Raider will be released in cinemas on 16 March 2018. For all the latest movie news, pick up the new issue of SciFiNow.