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Walton Goggins to play the villain opposite Alicia Vikander in Tomb Raider

12.07.2016
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Walton Goggins Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider

Every good Tomb Raider needs a villain and the upcoming big-screen reboot of the long-running video game franchise just snagged itself a fantastic one. Variety has reported that Walton Goggins (THE HATEFUL EIGHT) is currently in final negotiations to play the villain in Roar Uthaug's TOMB RAIDER opposite Alicia Vikander.

Walton Goggins is one of those actors whose mere presence elevates whichever project he chooses to be a part of, so this has definitely knocked my excitement for TOMB RAIDER up several notches. After first noticing Goggins and his absurdly pearly-white chompers in The Shield, I made it a point to follow the actor to his next project, which, thankfully, wound up being Justified, the truly excellent "neo-western" which starred Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens and Walton Goggins as Boyd Crowder. We don't know all that much about TOMB RAIDER just yet, but producer Graham King has said that the film will find Lara Croft searching to see if her father is dead or alive, with Alicia Vikander recently adding that the film will tell a story about “a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.

They told me they were doing the film based on the reboot of the game from 2013. That is more of an origin story. You get into an emotional aspect of getting to know Lara hopefully in an in-depth way. So I hope that doing a film of the rebooted game will bring something new and fresh that’ll stand on its own two legs.

TOMB RAIDER is set for a March 16, 2018 release.

Source: Variety

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3:32PM on 12/08/2016
Back in 2008, Roger Ebert had an article where he lamented that he felt that character actors were a dying breed, and that the old guard (he cites Chrstopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Gary Oldman) were aging and had failed to be replaced by a sufficient new one. Well, I think that if Ebert were still alive today he'd be plenty impressed by the stellar set of new character actors who've emerged in the past decade -- individuals who are legitimately talented actors and not just limited to one note
Back in 2008, Roger Ebert had an article where he lamented that he felt that character actors were a dying breed, and that the old guard (he cites Chrstopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Gary Oldman) were aging and had failed to be replaced by a sufficient new one. Well, I think that if Ebert were still alive today he'd be plenty impressed by the stellar set of new character actors who've emerged in the past decade -- individuals who are legitimately talented actors and not just limited to one note schtick. Walton Goggins would be front and center on that list, although I'd also include J.K. Simmons, John Hawkes, Christoph Waltz, Michael Shannon, Sharlto Copley, Ben Foster, Sam Rockwell, Robert Knepper, and Stephen Lang. The future of character actors is very, very bright and it's always nice to see one of them land a prominent role like this that could have easily gone to a more marketable actor.
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11:42PM on 12/07/2016
Goggins for Indiana Jones!
Goggins for Indiana Jones!
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1:01AM on 12/08/2016
Haha. Good one. That's the shitiest idea i've heard yet.
Haha. Good one. That's the shitiest idea i've heard yet.
8:39AM on 12/08/2016
@The_Holiest, you must have not read the synopsis for Transformers The Last Knight
@The_Holiest, you must have not read the synopsis for Transformers The Last Knight
10:19PM on 12/08/2016
Touché.
Touché.
9:17PM on 12/07/2016
Good for Goggins. The guy is a brilliant, very underrated actor and should be a bigger name.
Good for Goggins. The guy is a brilliant, very underrated actor and should be a bigger name.
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7:18PM on 12/07/2016

Like Goggins

Im thinking the effects team on this movie will be nominated for an oscar for their work on creating a chest for vikander.
Im thinking the effects team on this movie will be nominated for an oscar for their work on creating a chest for vikander.
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9:16PM on 12/07/2016
Chest or no chest, she is gorgeous.
Chest or no chest, she is gorgeous.
6:57PM on 12/07/2016
Yep, several notches indeed. Bring on Boyd...
Yep, several notches indeed. Bring on Boyd...
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