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Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

Meet the talented cast of Roar Uthaug's upcoming 'Tomb Raider' reboot!

The Tomb Raider film franchise has hit the reboot button and will finally be bouncing back to the big screen next year, almost fifteen years after the release of the slightly underwhelming (but still enjoyable) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

Directed by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (Escape, The Wave) and written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet, the as-yet untitled film will be out on March 16, 2018 and will see Lara Croft embark on an expedition to find her long-lost (and presumed dead) father.

Here’s what you need to know about the cast of the new Tomb Raider film!

Alicia Vikander – Lara Croft

This Oscar-winning Swedish actress will be taking over from Angelina Jolie and will be playing a slightly younger (but no less tough) Lara Croft.

While the film won’t be a live-action adaptation of the 2013 game, Alicia Vikander’s Lara will probably have a lot more in common with the Rise of the Tomb Raider Croft than with the Lara of yesteryear. Expect a grittier, more down-to-earth take on the iconic adventurer.

For some great examples of Alicia Vikander’s work, check out her Oscar-winning performance in The Danish Girl or her haunting performance as the humanoid robot Ava in the 2015 sci-fi film, Ex Machina. You’ll also be able to see her in the 2017 film Tulip Fever, a period drama set in 17th century Amsterdam.

Alicia Vikander will star as Lara Croft in the upcoming 2018 reboot film

Alicia Vikander will star as Lara Croft in the upcoming 2018 reboot film

Walton Goggins – Mathias Vogel

The Alabama-born Walton Goggins has been cast as the film’s chief villain Mathias Vogel, who the actor has described as “confused, angry, and desperate”. Based on the first name alone, it would suggest that this film may be an adaptation of the 2013 game after all, but this has yet to be confirmed by the studio.

Some fans had speculated that he would be playing Von Croy based on the hat that appears in this Instagram photo. However, the speculation was largely put to rest when the actor posted a photo of his trailer on Instagram a few weeks later.

Goggins is no stranger to playing villains on screen. He received critical acclaim for his performance in the American crime drama series Justified and was commended for his performance as the sadistic fight trainer Billy Crash in the 2012 Tarantino film Django Unchained.

For more of Walton Goggin’s recent work, check out the HBO comedy series Vice Principals or History’s mini-series SIX, which starts on January 18, 2017.

Walton Goggins has been cast at the villain of the 2018 'Tomb Raider' film

Walton Goggins has been cast at the villain of the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ film

Daniel Wu – Lu Ren

Chinese-American actor, director, and martial artist Daniel Wu will be playing Lu Ren, a ship captain who will partner with Lara Croft on her quest to find her father.

Wu made his acting debut back in 1998 and has appeared in over 60 films since then, including the 2016 video-game adaptation Warcraft and the 2013 sci-fi flick Europa Report.

He can also be seen in AMC’s dystopian martial arts drama Into the Badlands, where he plays Sunny, a deadly assassin searching for enlightenment in a ruthless land.

Not much else is known about his character, Lu Ren, though it’s possible he may be replacing Conrad Roth as Croft’s mentor and father figure for this film. Uthaug has made no secret of the fact that the film may stray from the events and lore of Crystal Dynamics’ game series so there’s a good chance we won’t be seeing Roth in this installment.

Daniel Wu will be playing Lu Ren in the 2018 'Tomb Raider' film

Daniel Wu will be playing Lu Ren in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ film

Dominic West – Lord Croft

British actor Dominic West has been brought on board to play Lara Croft’s archaeologist father, Lord Croft (full name to be confirmed).

West’s most recent work includes the Showtime drama series The Affair, the WWI drama Testament of Youth (where he also played the father of Vikander’s character!), and the hugely successful 2016 Pixar film Finding Dory (where he voiced Rudder, a sea lion).

Dominic West has been cast as Lord Croft in the 2018 'Tomb Raider' film

Dominic West has been cast as Lord Croft


More cast and character details will be added to this article as they become available. 

Last updated on January 27, 2017.

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A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

4 Comments on Who’s Who in the 2018 ‘Tomb Raider’ Film

  1. pfeffernusshexe // January 17, 2017 at 21:11 //

    The cast actually looks great so far. The only thing that worries me right now is what we know about the plot: is it really going to be daddy issues all over again? I am starting to miss the times when Lara had less back story, less daddy/mommy issues and was just a maniac, genius bombshell with big guns and pleasantly questionable motives.;-)

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    • I know what you mean. It’s the reason I actually enjoyed the Jolie films. They’re loud and dumb…but they’re guilty pleasures. 😉

      The cast is looking pretty decent so far so I’ll definitely reserve judgement till I’ve seen the trailer and/or film. Not keen on the daddy issues but maybe they’ll pull it off well and without overshadowing the rest of the plot…


  2. Wow thank you. I almost thought the movie news is just rumors. Excited to see how it’ll come to pass, seeing video game movies still not breaking their ‘curse’. Lol

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    • I hope they don’t fall in the trap of making it too much of a gritty reboot. A little humour is needed to save it from becoming another bland, forgettable mess…


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