Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft – start date announced

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The animated series sees Hayley Atwell voice the video game icon. 

Netflix have confirmed an October 10th start date for its new animated series Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft.

With over 25 years of games, animations and movies to her name, numerous actors have played Ms Croft; from Keeley Hawes to Minnie Driver, Angelina Jolie to Alica Vikander.

Tomb Raider: The legend of Lara Croft

Now it’s the turn of Mission Impossible star Hayley Atwell. Of course, she’s no stranger to animation thanks to her ongoing Marvel exploits as Peggy Carter/Captain Carter.

Netflix says…

The series continues right after the events of the Survivor Trilogy of video games — Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider — and finds Lara abandoning her friends to embark on increasingly more perilous solo adventures.

However, Lara must return home when a dangerous and powerful Chinese artifact is stolen from Croft Manor by a thief with an uncanny personal connection. Her daring pursuit will take her on an adventure around the world and to the depths of forgotten tombs, where she will be forced to confront her true self and decide just what kind of hero she wants to become. 

The voice cast also includes Allen Maldonado as Zip, with Earl Baylon reprising his video game role as Jonah Maiava.

Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft comes from Legendary Television and writer/executive producer Tasha Huo (The Witcher: Blood Origin).

Live-action Lara

The animation is not the only Lara Croft project happening at Prime Video.

At its Upfront presentations last month, Amazon announced that hit had greenlit a long-rumoured live-action Tomb Raider series too.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The series comes from writer/executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve), who said:

“If I could tell my teenage self this was happening I think she’d explode. Tomb Raider has been a huge part of my life and I feel incredibly privileged to be bringing it to television with such passionate collaborators. Lara Croft means a lot to me, as she does to many, and I can’t wait to go on this adventure. Bats ‘n all.”

Crystal Dynamics and Amazon MGM Studios are producing the series.

Both projects are part of Amazon Studios plans for an interconnected franchise, which also includes a new multiplatform Tomb Raider game.