UK TV actress voicing Lara Croft

Keeley Hawes, star of BBC series <i>MI-5</i>, will be the Tomb Raider heroine's new voice; game due in April.

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Last month, many sites reported that British actress Rachel Weisz would be the new voice of Lara Croft, blue-blooded heroine of the Tomb Raider series. Though publisher Eidos Interactive would only say an announcement was "coming soon," the choice seemed logical. Even before she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for the thriller The Constant Gardner, the actress had a high profile with gamers, having starred in the popular Mummy films. Also, given the fact Weisz is currently several months pregnant with the child of filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, who is directing her in the forthcoming sci-fi romance The Fountain, she'd probably be up for an undemanding-but-lucrative voice-acting gig.

However, like many premature reports, the Weisz-as-Croft rumor turned out to be dead wrong. This week, Eidos announced that another actress will be giving Croft her upper-crust diction in the forthcoming multiplatform release, Tomb Raider: Legend. And the winner is...Keeley Hawes?

If you're asking yourself who Hawes is, you're not alone. While a familiar face in the UK, most North Americans will be unfamiliar with the 29-year-old veteran of British television. Her highest-profile roles in the US were on the TV drama MI-5 (aka Spooks), which was on heavy rotation on BBC America, and the big-screen comedy Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, which was a hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

"Lara Croft is such a strong and powerful character, but she also has an edge to her, which was great to portray vocally," Keeley said in a statement sent to the European press. Matt Gorman, Eidos' head of the Tomb Raider franchise, said "she had the right balance of aristocracy and attitude" to play the blue-blooded adventuress.

Tomb Raider: Legend is set for release in the US on April 11 for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, and the PC. Xbox 360 and PSP versions will ship "shortly after," according to Eidos.

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Where's Angelina? Making movies and talking in her real voice!!! Why the heck would you want Angelina Jolie as the voice of Lara Croft anyway? It's bad enough in the movies. This game needs every chance it can get for quality.

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doesn't matter to me..... i don't care for the T.R. series

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lawra's originaw voice was foine-naow me nickers are awl in a banch :(

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That's stupid, Where is Angelina?

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I don't think new TR will be any good... Keeley Hawes, star of BBC series MI-5, will be the Tomb Raider heroine's new voice - so even this can't help...

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But of course ,she is awesome! Great voice box too. MI-5 RULES.

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that is stupid. why change the voice?

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Hey why not Jim Carry! LOL!

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works for me

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Personally, I'd rather see her play Lara. Definitely has that "sexy" potential. The model used, Karima? I don't get why she's a drool factor. The woman looks like she's 40 and well past her prime (kinda like Lara, zing!). *shrugs* Some say tomato, I say crap I guess.

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Is 4/11 here yet - I can't wait any longer

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Where the f*** is Angelina Jolie? Are going to get some extras? How about Angelina as Lara pictures? Oh! Her lips...

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Yeah she's pretty cute but i hope that she a sexy voice to make Lara Croft work!

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I LIKE HER SHES PRETTY CUTE ANGELINA IS WAYYYYY TO VITCHI IF U KNOW WHAT I MEAN, BUT SHES IS STILL A NICE LOOKING MILF

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Why not Karima Adebibe? she is hot

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its better than nothing at least Lara will get a new voicing.

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why didn't they just get somone from the 1-900 numbers?

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She's real purrty.

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Wow! Cute! I wish they'd just put her in a game :)

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LOL! Yeah, why should it be Angelina voicing? We coudn't even see her... so forget it. :P I trust them and I think that this actress will do a fine job.

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Just thank God it's not Angelina Jolie.

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I have every series of Spooks on DVD, good story there............

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I hope this Tomb Raider game is actualy fun. Well at least they will have an Authentic British Accent for the Lead. :)

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Who is she?I think she never heard about Lara Craft or Tomb Rider games.I WANT ANGELINA's VOICE.

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eh, I like Rachel Weisz, why couldn't it have been her?

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cheeky

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i can speak! finally got on this forum...did any body know theres a new mysterious microsoft site flash commercial? << LINK REMOVED >>

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falthorn, because shes the voice of lara croft ....use your head :shock:

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Why is one voice actress from a 10 year old lack-luster game series newsworthy?

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Why not Angelina? Because she's not British and they don't need her to make the game production more expensive.

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I must admit, I'm pretty interested in TR:L. I hope it gets good reviews. I haven't been interested in a Tomb Raider game since the first one.

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Hawes is a good choice for this. She's been very good in MI-5/Spooks, and her voice has the right feel to it. I say bravo for them choosing someone talented and not pricey.

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...ok

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Hawes definitely has the posh accent.

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i wish it was rachel weisz,but i like this one too,nonetheless.

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--insane956dv-- "why not Angelina?" Probably because it would mean unnecessary extra costs when it could just be anyone imitating the voice.

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why not Angelina?

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It says (aka Spooks) if you read it properly. A good choice IMO.

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Its spooks not MI-5, she played an MI-5 agent in it though, just sayin...