The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Dominic West has landed the role of Lara Croft’s father, Richard James Croft, in the upcoming Tomb Raider movie.
Warner Bros. and MGM have closed the deal just in the nick of time, too, as Roar Uthaug’s live-action video movie is now on the brink of entering production. Alicia Vikander has been selected as the title archeologist, spearheading a cast comprised of Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu (Into the Badlands, Warcraft) and now West. Best known for his work on The Affair, Money Monster and HBO’s The Wire, Dominic West is a fine choice to play Papa Croft. For those not familiar with the source material, the character is an aristocrat, an archeologist and ultimately an instrumental figure in the Tomb Raider lore, and we understand that the 2018 reboot will involve Vikander’s heroine searching far and wide to locate her missing father in a bid to clear his disgraced name.
Jon Voight played Croft senior in the pair of Angelina Jolie-fronted movies, but now, more than a decade on from the moment The Cradle of Life bombed at the box office, Lara Croft is being prepped and ready for an all-new adventure. Crystal Dynamics’ video game franchise has been earmarked as a jumping-off point, creatively speaking, while Walter Goggins – who is on board to play Croft’s mysterious nemesis (rival treasure hunter?) in the movie – has also referenced Raiders of the Lost Ark and Victory: An Island Tale as two sources of inspiration.
Tomb Raider will be with us on March 16th, 2018. It’s one of many video game adaptations currently in the mix, after Ubisoft recently appointed Gold helmer Stephen Gaghan to craft The Division.