With each passing day, Lara Croft’s fame continues to expand. The protagonist of the “Tomb Raider” trilogy became an icon of the industry and a poster child for the new era of 3D gaming that was blossoming at the time. She became so popular that in 2001, “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” and its 2003 sequel, “The Cradle of Life,” starring Angelina Jolie, were both adapted into films.
As a result of this, in 2013, publisher Square Enix teamed up with developer Crystal Dynamics to release “Tomb Raider,” a revival of the brand (via PC Gamer). As a result of this, “Tomb Raider” has evolved into the contemporary series we know and love today.
This means that Lara Croft will be venturing into the ever-expanding anime business once again, thanks to Netflix and Legendary Television’s collaboration. While Netflix hasn’t revealed anything so far about the “Tomb Raider” anime’s release date, cast, or narrative so far. It’s still worth taking a peek at what we know about this new project, since the series is guaranteed to resonate with gamers.
We may expect an official release date in the near future, given that Netflix revealed its plans to develop a “Tomb Raider” anime only in January (via Variety). A discussion about the actress who will voice Lara (more on that later) suggests Netflix and Legendary are at least halfway through the production process for Lara Croft: Guardian of Light. The “Tomb Raider” program is expected to be released on Netflix in 2022 or 2023, based on this.
Only one member of the “Tomb Raider” voice cast has been disclosed by Netflix in the months after it announced the impending “Tomb Raider” anime. For the character you anticipate, of course. Hayley Atwell, a.k.a. Peggy Carter from “Captain America,” will play Lara in the anime, according to Variety.
It’s safe to say Atwell is a good match for Lara. A strong-willed, sophisticated, and adventurous British lady like Lara Croft is exactly what Atwell is capable of portraying in the MCU. For her part in Marvel’s animated “What If…?” series, she also has voice acting experience. It’s possible that this might be the most authentic and enjoyable rendition of “Tomb Raider” yet.
“Tomb Raider” anime is yet to be announced by Netflix in terms of who else will appear in it. A star, yes, but one who’s never had to carry a whole narrative by herself, leaving her followers in suspense as to what’s next.
As for the series’ storyline, fans are eagerly anticipating further information. It has been revealed that the series will take place after “Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” the third game in the reboot franchise. However, at the end of that game, Lara is left in a condition of “neutrality”. Unsure about her next adventure, Lara concludes “Shadow of the Tomb Raider” at her luxurious house. Anything may happen, and that is doubly true for the anime’s storyline as well.
According to Polygon, the series will be written by Tasha Huo, who has worked on a number of video game-related projects in the past, including “The Witcher: Blood Orange”. It’s safe to say that, while fans may not know precisely what Lara will be up to in the “Tomb Raider” anime, they can be certain that whomever is writing it has a strong handle of the source material. In other words, the ‘Tomb Raider’ anime is aiming to be as true as possible to the video games’ storylines. However, it has to be seen how faithful it is and how successful it is.