Tomb Raider 2012: Who’ll be the new voice of Lara Croft?
If you haven’t heard of Ashley Johnson by now then you’re doing life wrong. She’ll be playing 14 year-old Ella in upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive ‘The Last of Us’. It’s a role that will sound very familiar to Lara fans, a girl who’s had to grow up fast and now has to use her wits to survive.
Her recent career has her appearing as Amber Ahmed in the hit TV series ‘The Killing’. But Ashley’s background is in TV with many of her previous roles being for TV animations like King of the Hill and Ben 10, so she’s no stranger to the voice-over booth. If Naughty Dog picked her to play their new leading lady then there’s no reason for us to count her out.
If you’ve ever been forced into watching Downton Abbey then you may recognise Jessica from her role as Lady Sybil Crawley. If you’ve managed to avoid it then congratulations, have a biscuit. Jessica has also played Rachel in hit sci-fi drama ‘Misfits’ and Abi in of one Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ episodes.
Despite having no experience in voice-over work there’s a reason she’s on this list. First off at 22 she’s almost the same age as rebooted Lara, but more importantly she’s trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet. Given that it’s becoming more and more important for actresses to not only provide the voice but also perform the motion capture for the role they’re portraying, this experience could prove to be invaluable. However since Tomb Rader has been in development for over two years, Jessica may have been too much of an unknown at the time.
Before it was announced that Keely Haws would be taking on the role Lara in Tomb Raider: Legend, Rachel Weisz was one of the many names on the ‘maybe’ list. Since then she’s become an international film star in films such as ‘The Mummy Returns’ and ‘The Lovely Bones’.
She’s since dabbled in the world of videogames providing the voice for Saphira in ‘Eragon’ – It was a sub standard film tie-in on PS2 (we don’t blame you if you don’t remember it). Rachel started her acting career in Cambridge just 71 miles up the road from where Lara was born, so she even fits into Miss Croft’s heritage… kinda. The only problem could be that this new Lara is meant to be a somewhat inexperienced 21 year old adventurer, so Rachel may sound a bit too mature for the role.
Do you think any of these ladies could do Lara justice? Do you have your own suggestions? Let us know in the comments below.