A 20-year old Londoner has been chosen as the new face of Lara Croft by publisher Eidos. Karima Adebibe, a "self confessed tomboy" and Top Shop sales assistant, has been plucked from relative obscurity and nudged under the limelight as Eidos seeks to reinvigorate the Tomb Raider series with impending outing Legend.
An, erm, quite accurate representation of Croft's virtual videogame form, Adebibe has to undergo an intense training programme to pull off the role. Not only is she required to go through an SAS survival, combat and semi-automatic weapon firing course in Eastern Europe but she also has to swat up on world archaeology, deportment, elocution and etiquette to portray Lady Lara Croft.
Cripes, sounds like she'll certainly be earning her money then and, once she's been moulded into Croft, Karima, says Eidos, "will be lining up a host of international modelling assignments, starring in TV commercials, appearing on chat shows and is set to be travelling the globe for the next two years."
Matt Gorman, brand controller for Tomb Raider, reckons Adebibe "has all the assets needed to accurately portray the world's favourite female action hero".
Meanwhile, Karima herself is naturally rather chuffed at being chosen as the new Lara. Doing all the hard innuendo work for us, she's enthused that "This is an incredible opportunity for me and one which I plan to grasp with both hands."
"It's a huge challenge to follow in the footsteps of people like Nell McAndrew and Angelina Jolie, but life is all about challenges and this is perhaps the biggest one for a model and actress," she added.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider : Legend is released on April 7 in Europe on PS2, Xbox and PC, with Xbox 360 and PSP versions following shortly after.