Camilla Luddington – Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)
As Lara Croft evolved and expanded as a character over the years, she transitioned from polygonal eye candy into the more realistic and likeable person she has become today. Sure, there will always be the loyalists who cry ‘big booby 32-bit Lara or nothing’, but they’re fighting for a dying cause, and more often than not, shouting that will get them kicked out of the movie theater.
That isn’t to say that Lara isn’t still stunning, she’s just different, and that is due in no small part to the vocal talents of Camilla Luddington, her de facto voice actress since the 2013 reboot. Taking a look at the two side by side long enough will reveal a few similarities, particularly in facial structure.
In a Game Informer interview, Brian Horton, senior art director of Crystal Dynamics, described their vision when redesigning the iconic heroine, stating that, “we wanted to have empathy for Lara, and at the same time show the inner strength that made clear she was going to become a hero”. For our money, they certainly succeeded in that regard.