Square Enix today announced that the English-born actress Camilla Luddington has been chosen to be the voice and performance actress of famous video game adventurer, Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider game.
Following in the footsteps of other famous Lara Crofts – from Angelina Jolie’s depiction in the films, to early portrayals by Nell McAndrew and Rhona Mitra – Camilla Luddington will be the first actress to take on the voice acting and motion-capture work for the new game.
After an international talent search using scouts in Europe and the US, Luddington stood out as delivering both a depth of emotion and the youthful tone needed for Lara Croft in the upcoming reimagining of the Tomb Raider franchise, due for release on March 5, 2013.
“This has been one of the most important jobs for us to get right,” said Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics “‘This Tomb Raider game is very different to any other and we are demanding far more from the voice and performance acting than ever before as we take the franchise in a new direction.”
This July Luddington will also participate in the Nerd HQ and Comic-Con panels in San Diego, where she will join the development team as they talk about Tomb Raider and the story behind its creation.
Most notably known for playing Kate Middleton in William & Kate, Camilla has stated her excitement for tackling another British iconic role. She said of the role: “It’s an honour… People love Lara and there is such a huge fan base that you don’t want to disappoint. You hope people can embrace the change and re-imagining of her and at the end of the day just have fun playing the game.”
Recently Luddington has starred in hit Showtime series, Californication and can also be seen in the current season of HBO’s True Blood.
A few weeks at at E3 we were treated to a preview of the new Tomb Raider game and I have to say it looked amazing. Personally I can’t wait to play it some more.
Tomb Raider is slated for release on March 5th 2013.