This may be old news to some, but now Square Enix has made it “official” by announcing which actress has the honor to provide both the voice and mocap for Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider game. The voice acting for Lara Croft in the latest reboot of Tomb Raider has been the source of contention amongst some as it has been a bit heavy on the moaning, which may either be your thing or simply an annoyance that could ruin an otherwise great game and character.
Exactly who was lending their moan worthy talents to Lara Croft has been rumored for a while now but Square Enix has officially announced that actress Camilla Luddington is voicing Lara Croft. The key thing about this news is that Camilla is actually British so we thankfully don’t need to worry about an American actress trying to maintain a British accent and having it slip once in a while. So with the Brit factor being present the only thing we need to worry about is how moany Camilla will get as Ms. Croft.
Unlike the previous entries in the Tomb Raider series and the performances actresses such as Keeley Hawes contributed, Camilla will be the first actress to actually provide the motion capture performance for Lara Croft in addition to voicing her. Previous entries in the series had featured mocap for Lara, but it was either done by stunt performers or other actresses, thus it had a slight disconnect in some ways. We may not have seen a lot of Tomb Raider so far, but what I saw of the game at E3 2012 did show some impressive character movement that did provide a natural feel to the cutscenes.
Camilla may not be a known name compared to some of the previous actresses who had inherited the role of Ms. Croft, but she can be seen in shows such as Californication and True Blood. So if you want to gawk at the latest actress that portrays Ms. Croft then just pop on True Blood and I’m sure you can see some goodness.
The new Tomb Raider game will be available early next year on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.