Lara Croft just found herself a partner. According to Variety, “Into the Badlands” star Daniel Wu has joined Warner Bros.’ “Tomb Raider” reboot as Lu Ren, “a ship captain who partners with Croft on a quest to find her father.”
Most recently, Wu appeared as Sunny in AMC’s “Into the Badlands,” a role he will reprise in the show’s second season, which airs this spring. His past credits also include “Warcraft,” “The Man With the Iron Fists” and more. He will join Alicia Vikander, who plays Lara Croft herself, as well as Walton Goggins, who will appear as the as-yet-unnamed antagonist of the film.
Late last year, producer Graham King teased a few plot details, saying, “This is kind of what we call a ‘back to the roots story… This is a young Lara Croft in search to see if her father is dead or alive, so it has a very emotional part to it and I think that’s what Alicia [Vikander] found so interesting about it. I think the storytelling is really good and I think we’ve got the right crew and a great director and I think it’s going to be really fun making a film like this.”
Lara Croft’s last cinematic adaptation was 2003’s “Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” the second outing for original star Angelina Jolie. Dark Horse Comics recently published an ongoing “Tomb Raider” comic book series by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Phillip Sevy which follows the game’s rebooted continuity — a road the film is reportedly poised to travel down as well.
Directed by Roar Uthaug, “Tomb Raider” is slated to hit theaters March 16, 2018.