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Today Square Enix finally revealed who will be playing Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider. English actress Camilla Luddington was tapped as the "voice and performance actress" for Lara in the game.
Camilla Luddington portrayed Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie William & Kate. She also appeared in the Showtime's Californication and will be in this season of HBO series True Blood. This will be her first video game work so try not to creep her out too much, fellas.
Luddington is the fifth actress to portray Croft in a video game. The previous voice actor was Keeley Hawes, who played the role from 2006 to 2010. The latest Tomb Raider depicts an inexperienced Lara Croft who just graduated from the academy, so it makes sense that they'd try to get a younger actress for the role (Luddington is 29).
The phrase "performance actress" in the press release suggests that she's doing motion-capturing in the role. That would explain why they settled on someone who sort of resembles Lara Croft. Hiring someone who's easy on the eyes certainly won't hurt the publicity of the game, either.
Speaking of publicity: Luddington will be at this summer's San Diego Comic Con. She'll appear alongside the development team at panel discussions about the game.