With the domestic box office failure of Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft, the videogame movie didn’t fare so well in 2016.
However, such setbacks have never slowed Hollywood down for long, as illustrated by Warner Bros.’ upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) assumes the role previously played by Angelina Jolie as buxom adventurer Lara Croft in director Roar Uthaug’s take on the long-running game series.
Now we have word about another key player joining the cast.
Dominic West has signed on as Lord Richard Croft, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the aristocratic father of Lara. West’s previous credits include 300, Chicago and the HBO series The Wire, though he can currently be seen on Showtime drama The Affair.
Interestingly, Tomb Raider will not be the first time West and Vikander have played father and daughter onscreen, as the pair shared the same character relationship in 2014 drama Testament of Youth.
Although Lord Croft long has been a staple of the game series, the new film – based on the 2013 release that rebooted the game series – actually centers on him, with Lara on a quest to complete her father’s research and clear his name. The character was played previously by Jolie’s own father Jon Voight in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, although his role in the story was minimal there.
The studio undoubtedly is hoping to parlay the new Tomb Raider into a franchise, and there’s reason to think that move could work. After all, Jolie’s pair of Lara Croft adventures earned a collective worldwide box office cume of more than $430 million, one of the rare instances in which a videogame film has spawned a big-screen sequel.
With any luck, Warner Bros. will be be able to reinvigorate the brand with this reboot, which is set to journey into theaters on March 26, 2018.
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