Lara Croft's New Face

We brought you reports of the new Lara Croft game recently, telling you all about the dramatic content and the new direction that the character is taking. Well, now she also has a new face and body - those which currently belong to British actress Camilla Luddington.

The twenty-nine year old has previously acted in Showtime series Californication, and played Kate Middleton in the BBC's made for TV William & Kate. She will also be starring in popular drama True Blood soon, and now she joins a long(ish) list of actresses who have portrayed the video game heroine, with the illustrious names of Angelina Jolie, Keeley Hawes, and Minnie Driver. She will be the first person to ever provide both motion capture and voiceover parts for the video games, so from now on Lara Croft is all Camilla.

Crystal Dynamics made an international search for the new Lara way back in the development stages, and chose Camilla for her youthfulness and the emotional depth that she was able to portray. A kickin' body clearly did not hurt either, and as studio head David Gallagher puts it, "This has been one of the most important jobs for us to get right. This Tomb Raider game is very different to any other and we are demanding far more from the voice acting than ever before." Clearly, we are going to be getting some very nice looking - and sounding -  cut scenes.

The game is released in March 2013, in case you had forgotten, and features a 21 year old Lara as she courses through her own origin story. There may be a good few months still to wait before players get their hands on the actual game, but until then you can always look up pictures of Camilla and imagine her in those tiny shorts and fingerless gloves to your heart's content.

Published 26th June 2012 by Rhiannon D'Averc.