Lara Croft makes her grand return, voiced by Hayley Atwell.
Lara Croft is climbing her way back onto the screen with Netflix’s recently revealed animated series. A new teaser dropped Wednesday, showcasing a first look at Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft based on the popular video game franchise. It has certainly been a while since the last time Lara Croft featured in a film adaptation of the game series. The first adaptation was released in 2001 and was titled Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie as Lara. Later, in 2003, the sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, was released featuring the same cast. And in 2018, a new film iteration, Tomb Raider, debuted, this time casting Alicia Vikander as Lara.
So, while film adaptations of this series are definitely not unheard of, this will be the first instance where the game will be reimagined as an animated show. Here’s everything you need to know about the video game adaptation coming soon.
Lara Croft is Back in a New Style
Back in 2021, Netflix announced plans to team up with Legendary and expand on the Tomb Raider universe. The streaming giant released a teaser for the new show on Wednesday during its first-ever DROP 01 event, a virtual showcase of Netflix’s animation genre series. Details from the teaser have revealed that it is expected to take place after Square Enix and Crystal Dynamic’s video game reboot trilogy: Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015), and Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018).
While brief, the teaser displayed an anime-esque art style similar to the likes of Attack on Titan. It also showed several details and iconic nods to the series, including Lara Croft climbing, a burning village, hieroglyphics, a mysterious artifact, a strange glowing creature, and a picture frame of the original 2013 gang–Lara, Roth, Sam, Jonah, and Joslin. The teaser ends with a shot of Lara shooting her classic bow and arrow, later revealing the Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft title. Based on this information, it seems like our favorite raider will be taking on new sights and adventures with a thirst for revenge for her fallen comrades.
Cast and Release Date
Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft is directed by Joey Soloway and produced by Tasha Huo, Howard K. Bliss, Daniel Jevons, Dmitri M. Johnson, Jacob Robinson, and Timothy I. Stevenson. The show will star Hayley Atwell as Lara Croft and Allen Maldonado as Zip. Some may recognize Atwell, who has famously played Agent Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Grace in Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning. Fans may also be delighted to hear that Earl Baylon will be returning, as he had previously voiced Jonah from the reboot video game series.
Although no specific date has been confirmed, it has been revealed that the show is set to release in 2024 and will only be streaming on Netflix.
Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft (2024) Netflix Official Teaser