Dominic West was the lead on The Wire, which is one of, if not the greatest television show of all time. As a loyal fan of The Affair, I was wondering just last week why we don’t see more of him on the big screen. Lo and behold, West was just cast as Lara Croft’s father in the TOMB RAIDER reboot that will star Alicia Vikander, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing the movie for Warner Bros. and MGM, which are restarting the franchise following a pair of Angelina Jolie titles.
The new Tomb Raider will follow Lara Croft as she sets out on her first expedition to finish her archeologist father’s research and uncover ancient secrets in order to clear his disgraced name.
Jolie’s real father, Jon Voight, played Lord Richard Croft in the earlier Tomb Raider films, and although this time around West isn’t related to Vikander, he already played her father in the 2014 drama Testament of Youth, so there’s a familiarity there between the two actors.
The plum part was originally offered to big screen veterans Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth and Viggo Mortensen — and Hugh Laurie as well — but West is a solid choice, backup or not.
West joins Walton Goggins and Daniel Wu among the supporting cast. Graham King is producing for GK Films, while MGM is taking the lead on production.
West recently played Ernest Hemingway in Genius and co-starred in Money Monster. His previous feature credits include 300, Chicago and a brief role in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, and he’s currently filming The Square, Ruben Ostlund’s follow-up to Force Majeure, with Elisabeth Moss. West is represented by WME and Tavistock Wood Management.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of West’s casting in Tomb Raider.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief