Two phenomenon are incredibly popular within Hollywood studios right now. You guessed it - Reboots and video game adaptations. But a reboot of a videogame adaptation? That is a different level, as the 2001 action-adventure flick Lara Croft: Tomb Raider gets a brand new version come 2018. To top it off, two actors have already been earmarked to join the reboot. All in hopes to build on the initial Angelina Jolie franchise.
Tomb Raider will be lead by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug as it makes a debut on March 16, 2018. Three separate production companies have joined forces for the venture. Warner Bros, MGM and GK Films have teamed up, as they cast Swedish actress Alicia Vikander in the Lara Croft role and continue talks with Walton Goggins to be the main antagonist.
Vikander Building A Solid Rep In Movie Cirlces
28-year old Swede Vikander is developing her craft after roles in A Royal Affair, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Danish Girl and 2016's Jason Bourne. Yet it was her stellar performance in the 2015 mind-bender science fiction flick Ex Machina that made people stand up and take notice, playing a robot in Ava who slowly but surely develops human characteristics and a consciousness that cannot be contained.
Alongside Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, that film was critically acclaimed and propelled Vikander's career as a result. Taking on the mantle left by Jolie will not be an easy task, especially considering she did her own stunts. But the studio seems to have nailed the most important casting decision of the entire franchise.
Tarantino Favorite In Talks To Be Bad Guy
45-year old Walter Goggins is an engaging presence on screen, as he managed to convince Quentin Tarantino to cast him in two of his movies. You can spot the actor in Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight. But many would recognize the performer from some iconic roles on the small screen, most notably on The Shield, Justified along with the comedy Vice Principals. And let's not forget Sons of Anarchy, where he played the transgender Venus Van Dam.
The latter performance illustrated how Goggins does not back down from a serious challenge, working as a love interest to one of the bikies in a hyped masculine environment to unearth a lot of uncomfortable social truths. Once an actor comes out the other side of that kind of experience, taking on the bad guy in an action blockbuster should be a piece of cake.