At the start of the year, Netflix announced plans for an anime Tomb Raider series, and now they've found their star. Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will be stepping into the boots of iconic heroine Lara Croft.
The announcement was retweeted by the official Tomb Raider Twitter account. According to the official Netflix press release, the series is going to be set following the events of the Tomb Raider reboot prequel trilogy which kicked off in 2013 with Tomb Raider and concluded in 2018 with Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The trilogy focussed around a younger Lara Croft setting out to begin her adventurer journey to ultimately become the Tomb Raider.
Hayley Atwell is Lara Croft!
Netflix’s upcoming TOMB RAIDER anime series from Powerhouse Animation picks up after the event of Square Enix’s video game reboot trilogy, and will follow Atwell’s Lara Croft in her latest, greatest adventure. pic.twitter.com/4NT02YfuOH
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) September 13, 2021
Netflix notes that “the animated series will chart the globetrotting heroine’s latest, greatest adventure.” Although this may leave the plot up for discussion, the press release also adds that “Twenty-five years after her first game appeared, Lara continues to explore new territory.” This could be suggesting that the series will be set in areas the franchise has yet to see.
The series will be executive produced and written by Tasha Huo (The Witcher: Blood Origin), who will work alongside Dmitri M. Johnson (Sonic the Hedgehog, and Life is Strange). However, there is currently no information on a detailed plot, a trailer, a release date or an announced number of episodes.
Fans of Tomb Raider will have noticed that it is most likely no coincidence that the series has come into development at the same time as the franchise celebrates its 25th birthday. However, the anime is likely to be released sometime after the official anniversary given the amount of information that's been released.
Lara Croft has made her mark across various entertainment platforms including the video games and on the big screen. In fact, a sequel to 2018's Tomb Raider film which is based on the reboot trilogy is now in development.