Dominic West joins Tomb Raider

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 January 2017
Dominic West

Dominic West

Dominic West has joined the cast of the new 'Tomb Raider' film and will be play Lara Croft's dad Lord Richard Croft

Dominic West has been cast in the new 'Tomb Raider' film.

The 'Affair' star is to play Lord Richard Croft, the father of Lara Croft, who is being brought to life on the big screen by Alicia Vikander in Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM's reboot of the franchise.

West, 47, joins Walton Goggins as Father Matthais and Daniel Wu as ship's captain in the project which is being directed by Roar Uthaug.

The film - based on the popular video game series created by British company Core Design in 1996 - will focus on daredevil archaeologist Lara as she sets out on her first ever expedition to finish her father's research and search for ancient relics she needs to find to clear his disgraced name.

In the 'Tomb Raider' series own mythology Lara's aristocrat dad Lord Croft has been a key figure. In the two movies starring Angelina Jolie as Lara the character was played by her real-life dad Jon Voight.

Vikander, 28, has admitted she is very "excited" to play "icon" Lara in the film, which is to be based on the latest two video games in the series - the most recent being 2015's 'Rise of the Tomb Raider - which have focused on Lara at the start of her adventures.

She said: "I mean, for me, I'm so excited to do it. She was such an icon, I played the game when I was a kid, but they rebooted the game a few years ago so it is now becoming more of an origins story. So it's quite different."

'Tomb Raider' is expected to be released on March 16, 2018.

Tomb Raider

  • 3 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Roar Uthaug
  • Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Lara Croft (Vikander) is told by guardian Ana (Scott Thomas) that her ten-years-missing dad (West) is dead, and she inherits a key to the secrets of his past. Vikander gives it bags of commitment and Uthaug keeps the energy level high, leaving you actually looking forward to the prospect of a video game movie sequel.

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