The excitement surrounding the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot has just been cranked up another notch with the news that Walton Goggins looks set to play the movie’s principal villain.
Goggins will be familiar to fans of shows like The Shield and Justified and most recently starred in the deliciously dark HBO black comedy Vice Principals.
However, the majority of moviegoers will recognise him for his recent turns in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and, more recently still, The Hateful Eight.
According to a report from Variety, Goggins is in final negotiations with Warner Bros, GK Films and MGM over a part in the upcoming adaptation which has Alicia Vikander stepping into Jolie’s sizeable shoes as the titular heroine.
Due for release in March 2018, the film is being directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, who spoke to loaded earlier this year following the release of his latest film, the disaster epic The Wave.
A director known for favouring practical special effects over CGI, Uthaug hinted to loaded that the new Tomb Raider would be a Jason Bourne-style back-to-basics affair and a far cry the previous two outings..
“I want viewers to care about the characters, I think it’s important to ground them in reality and build a back story before the mayhem begins,” he told loaded on his filmmaking style.
“It [Tomb Raider] will be an origins story where you really explore the character’s motivations, that way the audience cares more.”
There is no word yet on who Goggins will play but, given his Texan roots, the part of Larson Conway, one of the franchise’s main villains, looks the obvious choice.
A former US marine turned mercenary. Larson is known for being a little dim-witted in the games and, as a character that appears in the original game, is perfectly placed in the Tomb Raider timeline to subsequently feature in what will be an origins story.