Goggins Talks His “Tomb Raider” Villain

If you can nab beloved “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy” actor Walton Goggins for a project, you’re already on a winner. His recent signing on to play the antagonist in the Roar Uthaug-directed upcoming “Tomb Raider” film reboot certainly suggests that those involved are taking the franchise relaunch seriously.

This week, whilst talking about the History Channel series “Six,” Goggins discussed what appealed to him about the project. He tells Collider:

I’m just so excited about it! I’m such a big fan of Alicia and this director, Roar [Uthaug]. Quite honestly, the script feels like it’s already been in the world, in some ways. The structure and the foundation of this story is so solid and so interesting. It’s so unbelievably entertaining, and yet it’s real in the journey that it takes you on. And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I’m just looking forward to getting in his head. I’m really, really, really excited about it.

He then discussed the various factors that led to him signing onboard for the film:

“It was threefold, to be quite honest with you. I think Alicia is one of the greatest actors of any generation, let alone her own. And I saw Roar’s movie The Wave last year, and I wanted to meet that filmmaker. And then, it was the script. It always starts with the story for me. I couldn’t believe I was reading what I was reading. I couldn’t believe that it continued in this way, and the ball was never really dropped.

It was the combination of those three things. I understand why Alicia signed on for it. Those things don’t happen every day. And then, you go forward and you just try not to be result-oriented and you try to do the best job you can possibly do, before you move on to the next one. It’s a good life! I’m just grateful to be a small part of that life.”

Goggins has the challenge of being a part of hopefully the first successful video game adaptation in the wake of two high-profile failures this year with both “Warcraft” and “Assassin’s Creed” being torn apart by critics.

“Tomb Raider” opens March 16th 2018