“But more importantly, the story is so good. It’s so good!” – Walton Goggins says of Tomb Raider.
Walton Goggins is one of today’s greatest character actors. The Emmy nominated actor, most widely known for FX’s Justified and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, will be appearing alongside Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander in March 2018’s Tomb Raider. Variety‘s Justin Kroll broke news that Goggins was “in final negotiations” back in December and while promoting the acclaimed History channel series Six, he went on to speak about the video game adaptation with Yahoo.
“I’ve got my d–n Tomb Raider saddlebag! I am ready to get lost in a godd–n tomb!”
Now, if Walton Goggins enthusiastic exclamation about the film doesn’t have you excited, he did go on to speak about what fans could expect the tone of the film to be like. “For me, it’s like Raiders of the Lost Ark meets a genre version of the Joseph Conrad novel Victory: An Island Tale,” Goggins revealed. It’s exciting to hear Tomb Raider compared to the classic Steven Spielberg picture that gave us cinema icon, Indiana Jones. That series, in many respects, went on to inspire Lara Croft, Nathan Drake of the Uncharted video game series, and Rick O’ Connell (Brendan Fraser) in Universal’s The Mummy films. As a huge Indy fan myself, I could not be more excited to see Tomb Raider draw inspiration from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was a quality that made Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Rogue Nation so much fun and I’m positive it’ll only add to the quality film Tomb Raider is shaping up to be.
However, this is What’cha Reading and I’d be remiss to leave out that Walton Goggins did go on to compare Tomb Raider to the Joseph Conrad novel, “Victory: An Island Tale.” Conrad is widely considered to be one of the greatest English novelists and his story “Heart of Darkness” went on to inspire one of the greatest pictures ever made – Apocalypse Now.
It’s easy to see just why Walton Goggins “jumped at the chance” to star as the antagonist in Tomb Raider.
Oh, and have you seen Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft yet?
The film follows Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her father’s (Dominic West) research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name.
MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. The studios acquired the rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd. Graham King is producing.
Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Dominic West. The film is directed by Roar Uthaug, from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Tomb Raider opens March 16, 2018.
(Steven Biscotti – @reggiemantleIII)