A movie reboot of Tomb Raider initially sounded like a fairly lame idea, but it’s become increasingly intriguing (and somewhat promising) in recent months — in addition to casting Alicia Vikander in the lead role, the new Tomb Raider film has some good things going for it, including a solid director (the guy behind The Wave), Walton Goggins as the villain and Dominic West as Lara Croft’s dad. Today adds an extra dose of optimism with a series of photos from the set, which offer our first look at Vikander in costume as the iconic video game hero.
Resident Evil is ending, and it’s time for another video game movie franchise to rise in its place. Enter Tomb Raider, a series that’s been around in film form since 2001, and is about to get rebooted. Alicia Vikander will be playing titular adventurer Lara Croft, and today we’ve learned that her archaeologist father will be portrayed by none other than The Wire’s Dominic West.
That Tomb Raider reboot is chugging right along after justifying its existence by casting Walton Goggins as the villain. Obviously the agents know what they’re doing because that casting is perfect, as is Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft herself. Today, the studio announced a new addition, as Daniel Wu has officially joined the cast.
If you had any doubt about the necessity, validity, integrity or any other –ity of the new Tomb Raider movie, this bit of casting news should immediately mitigate any and all of your concerns. Walton Friggin’ Goggins has joined the cast of the upcoming reboot, in which he’ll play — oh come on, like we need to even tell you — the film’s villain. And with that piece of casting, Tomb Raider was just elevated from “Yeah, sure, I guess I’ll see this movie at some point” to “Can I pre-order my tickets now or nah?”
Of the many reboots in the works, the new Tomb Raider movie is one of the more interesting projects currently in development — and one of the few with some actual potential. Starring Ex Machina’s Alicia Vikander and directed by The Wave’s Roar Uthaug (who has the coolest name ever), Tomb Raider seems like the rare reboot that might actually be a good idea. And we won’t have to wait too long to find out if that’s the case, as Warner Bros. has officially set a release date.
After two moderately successful Tomb Raider movies, Paramount was looking to reboot the action-adventure franchise with a younger star. They had reportedly talked to Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley and probably every other young...
Last week was a pretty busy one over at Warner Bros. — following the underwhelming box office and reactions to Batman v Superman, the studio is reportedly doubling down on its established blockbuster franchises and scaling back on the number of films released each year. They also set release dates for a few untitled projects, with many speculating that at least one of them is Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. According to a new rumor, we may know what one of the other films could be.
Not sure if you saw that Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie that came out a few months ago, but if you missed it, I’ll let you in on a little something: actress Daisy Ridley is pretty great! You can have your beefs with J.J. Abrams and his lens...
Austin’s Fantastic Fest is always a great place to scout undiscovered talent. The festival brings in terrific genre movies from all over the world, often by little-known directors who then go on to make a huge impact in Hollywood. Case in point: This year, I really enjoyed a Norwegian disaster movie called The Wave, about a geologist who can’t convince anyone that his tiny town is about to face a deadly tsunami, and then has to race to rescue his family after they’re trapped in the watery chaos. From my review of the movie, at Fantastic Fest:
Back in February the rights to Tomb Raider landed at Warner Bros. with the studio tapping Divergent screenwriter Evan Daugherty to help reboot the franchise. And in July we heard rumors that WB and MGM were looking to hire a woman to direct the new Tomb Raider film — specifically that they were seeking a “Michelle MacLaren type” to fill the director’s chair. A new rumor suggests that the studios now have a shortlist of directors which unsurprisingly includes Kathryn Bigelow. Dream big, guys.