'There will always be new Laras,' Camilla Luddington says
As the latest actress to take up the mantle of Tomb Raider heroine Lara Croft, Alicia Vikander has the blessing of her digital predecessor.
Two weeks after news broke that Vikander (The Danish Girl, Ex Machina) will play the lead in the big-screen Tomb Raider reboot, EW spoke with Camilla Luddington, the recent video game voice of Lara Croft, and got her thoughts on Vikander’s casting.
“I feel like with any Lara Croft, someone is always taking over that role,” Luddington said. “Of course I would’ve loved to do the live-action movie version of it, but she’s Alicia and she’s amazing. So I’m excited to see her interpretation too of the game.”
Angelina Jolie played Lara Croft in two previous films, and prior voice actresses include Shelley Blond, Jonell Elliott, and Keeley Hawes.
In addition to Luddington’s voice and motion-capture work in the games Tomb Raider and Rise of the Tomb Raider — which will partly inspire the movie — the English actress is also known for portraying Jo Wilson on Grey’s Anatomy.
She said of playing Croft, “I still feel very present within the gaming world, so it doesn’t feel like someone has taken the role from me. I’m excited to see somebody else to step into the boots and what they do for the role. There will always be new Laras.”
With reporting by Natalie Abrams