‘Tomb Raider’ Recruits ‘Justified’ Star To Play Villain

By December 8, 2016


He hasn’t exactly signed just yet, but it seems Tomb Raider has found its villain. And it’s none other than former Justified star Walton Goggins.

Warner Bros. and MGM, who are partnering in producing the film, according to Variety, are in final negotiations with Goggins, who would counter Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft in the videogame adaptation reboot.

Goggins played Boyd Crowder in Justified, which ran on FX from 2010 to 2015. It’s a role that earned him his lone Emmy nomination in 2011, an award that eventually went to Peter Dinklage from Game of Thrones.

More recently, he’s appeared in the HBO comedy Vice Principals as Lee Russell, one of two vice principals vying for the job of principal once Bill Murray’s Principal Welles retires. That series was created by Jody Hill and Goggins’ co-star, Danny McBride.

Warner Bros. and MGM are prepping Tomb Raider for a March 2018 release with writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet and director Roar Uthaug. Robertson-Dworet has no major credits yet, but is attached to a number of higher-profile films including Sherlock Holmes 3 and Dungeons & Dragons, according to IMDb.

Uthaug is a Norwegian-born director who also is up-and-coming. His more recent film, The Wave, was about an 85-foot tsunami hitting Norway.

The current Tomb Raider is the first time a major studio has put together a film based on the 1996 video game since Paramount Pictures released Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life in the early 2000s starring Angelina Jolie. Thow two films combined for $430.4 million globally.

Goggins just finished the History television miniseries Six, a fictionalized version of the famed U.S. Navy Seal Team Six as it goes after a Taliban leader in Afghanistan only to discover that an American is helping the enemy.

History is slated to debut the series Jan. 18.

Tomb Raider will hit theaters March 16, 2018.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.