The revamped Lara Croft will be voiced by British actress Camilla Luddington, who starred in True Blood and the made-for-TV film William & Kate.

In addition to providing the new voice for the upcoming Tomb Raider game, Luddington will also lend her face to motion capture and facial animation for the hotly anticipated title.

Commenting following the announcement, Luddington said: "It's an honour. People love Lara and there is such a huge fan base that you don't want to disappoint.

"You hope people can embrace the change and re-imagining of her and at the end of the day just have fun playing the game."

Publisher Eidos disappointed fans last month, when it announced the next instalment of the franchise would not be released until 2013.

Despite concerns, fans will no doubt be pleased at the level of attention the new title is receiving from developers Crystal Dynamics. The game has also attracted a lot of attention from fans at E3 show for the last two years, with CGI demos and a gameplay trailer.

Speaking in May, studio head Darrell Gallagher explained: "Our priority now is to make sure we fully deliver the very highest quality game. In order to do this, we have decided to move the game's release date by a few months."

There was also a controversial response to the new trailer, but the developer moved quickly to dispel rumours the game would feature an attempted sexual assault.

Crystal Dynamics developer Karl Stewart said that a lot of work has gone into choosing the right voice, adding that the new Lara will be very multifaceted.

Speaking to Metro, he explained they were particularly keen to find an actress who could do facial capture at the same time as reading the script.

"It was a very important thing for us to bring the story to life," he added.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801393987-ADNFCR
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