Camilla Luddington gives the actor her blessing
Camilla Luddington, the actress who voices Lara Croft in the latest Tomb Raider video games has backed the casting of Alicia Vikander to play the heroine in a forthcoming film.
Luddington, who voiced the character in 2013’s Tomb Raider and its 2015 sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider, said that she approves of the choice despite having been overlooked.
“I feel like with any Lara Croft, someone is always taking over that role,” Luddington told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
Vikander was recently announced as the lead in a big-screen reboot of the franchise. The Swedish actress has appeared in science fiction thriller Ex Machina and won an Academy Award for her performance in The Danish Girl.
Angelina Jolie has previously taken on the role of the explorer in two films, and prior voice actors include Shelley Blond, Jonell Elliott, and Keeley Hawes.
As well voicing Croft, Luddington’s motion-captured performances were used for the two video games. The actress is best known for playing Jo Wilson in Grey’s Anatomy.
“I still feel very present within the gaming world, so it doesn’t feel like someone has taken the role from me,” she said. “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.”