After almost eight months since Netflix announced an animated project based on the widely popular video game series Tomb Raider, the streaming service finally announced the actress that will be voicing everyone’s favorite archaeologist and treasure hunter, Lara Croft. And it’s none other than the incomparable Hayley Atwell, someone fans of all things nerdy are probably rather familiar with.
Having starred as Agent Peggy Carter in a plethora of Marvel Studios projects, from Captain America: The First Avenger to Avengers: Endgame, with even a starring role in an ABC Studios show based solely on her character aptly titled Agent Carter, Atwell is well acquainted with strong, fierce, female characters that make a project like Tomb Raider right up her alley. As well, Atwell has become quite familiar with the art of voice acting, having now lent her voice to Marvel Studio’s What If…?, where Agent Carter becomes Captain Carter after taking the Super Soldier Serum in her reality. She has also voiced a character in Netflix’s animated project 3Below: Tales of Arcadia where her character Zadra was the Lieutenant and eventual leader of a resistance against the villain’s regime. The moral of the story is that Atwell is exceptional in all roles that she is in and will undoubtedly be amazing as Lara Croft as well.
The Tomb Raider anime from Legendary Television (made in conjunction with Netflix) will be set after the events of Square Enix’s Tomb Raider video game reboot. The video game series was developed by Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal and ran for three games, began in 2013 and resolved itself in 2018’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The post-credit scene of the final game hinted at continued adventures for Lara Croft, as she’s shown planning her next adventure in Croft Manor. She resolves that her mission in life is not to solve the mysteries of the world, but to protect them from those who want to destroy them.
What is interesting about the project is how it is following the continued stories of the version from the video game, however, they are not using the same voice actress. Camilla Luddington, known for her portrayal of Jo Wilson on long-running Grey’s Anatomy, voiced and provided the motion capture for all three games for Square Enix. Perhaps she was unavailable or did not wish to return, but it seems an interesting choice to change voice actors in the continued story. Regardless, Atwell will give an amazing performance as Lara Croft as they continue exploring new stories and different settings. Tasha Huo is showrunning the series for Netflix which currently doesn’t have a release date.
Look for more information on the project in the coming months! Provided by your favorite writers here at the Cosmic Circus.
Source: Hollywood Reporter