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Tomb Raider: True Blood actress is the new Lara

Camilla Luddington gets "performance actress" role

Square Enix has named English Californication and True Blood actress Camilla Luddington as the new "performance actress" and voice of Lara Croft.

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Following an "international talent search" using scouts in Europe and the US, the publisher says Luddington stood out as delivering "both a depth of emotion and the youthful tone needed for Lara Croft" in the upcoming reimagining of Tomb Raider.

As well as appearing in various US sitcoms, Luddington also played the part of Kate Middleton in straight-to-tv movie William & Kate.

This July Luddington will make her first public Lara appearances at the Nerd HQ and Comic-Con panels in San Diego.

"This has been one of the most important jobs for us to get right," said Darrell Gallagher, head of studio at Crystal Dynamics "'This Tomb Raider game is very different to any other and we are demanding far more from the voice and performance acting than ever before as we take the franchise in a new direction."

Tomb Raider is slated for release on March 5, 2013.

At E3 Microsoft revealed Xbox 360 will get Tomb Raider DLC early.

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