Tomb Raider 2012: Who’ll be the new voice of Lara Croft?
We’re all excited about this year’s upcoming new Tomb Raider reboot. With a distinctly survival horror-flavoured angle, it should prove to be easily the most interesting outing for Lara in a generation. And that brings us onto Shelley Blond, Judith Gibbins, Jonell Elliott and Keeley Hawes.
Each actress has previously used their windpipes to bring our favourite video game archaeologist to life, but who will be providing the voice for Miss Croft in 2012? We put forth some speculatey candidates for your viewin… well, future listening pleasure. Alix Wilton Regan
Alix is a perfect fit for Lara. She was born in London and has since been awarded with a special commendation in contemporary dialog by the BBC. She’s also no stranger to video games having provided voices for Macha and Lilley in Dragon Age II as well as a host of characters in Dragon Age Origins and the Awakening expansion.
However, she’s soon to be catapulted into the gaming spotlight with the release of Mass Effect 3. Regan plays Samantha Traynor – one of the new recruits on board the Normandy and, if you’re a good girl (notice we said girl) is one of the romance options for commander Shepard. She certainly ticks all the boxes, and is very capable of portraying a strong female, but she’s not the only one.
Claudia is probably best know for playing Drake’s bit-on-the-side, Chloe Frazer. But you can also hear her vocal talents in Rage, Final Fantasy XIV, Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Origins and even God Of War, where she provides the voice for Artemis. She’s also no stranger to TV and film having appeared in Stargate SG-1, Farscape and along side Johnny Depp in Rango.
Alright, she’s not English. But any actress with such a distinguished career should be able to pull off a decent Blighty accent. Interestingly, when we saw the game being demoed last year, before the voice acting had been polished, Lara’s voice did waver from her usual accent a few times, so it’s entirely possible that the voice actress wont be British.
Keeley is the Lara expert. Since taking over from Jonell Elliott she’s given Lara her voice in Tomb Raider Legend, Anniversary, Underworld and most recently in PSN title Lara Croft and the Guardian of light. She’s the obvious choice and it certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see her reprise her role once again.
Still, with 2012 Lara effectively being a reboot it would make sense to pick a new actress to provide her voice. Sorry Keeley, you’re still our number one (she’ll be pleased to hear that).