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Lara Croft roars in the first trailer for Netflix’s Tomb Raider anime

Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft gets its first real trailer

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Netflix’s new Tomb Raider animated series will debut this October, the streaming company announced Saturday with a new trailer for Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft. That trailer also teases what Lara’s new post-Survivor trilogy story will be about: a globetrotting adventure in search of a stolen artifact, naturally.

According to Netflix’s official synopsis for the animated series, Lara Croft “has abandoned her friends to embark on increasingly more perilous solo adventures. But she must return home when a dangerous and powerful Chinese artifact is stolen from Croft Manor by a thief with an uncanny personal connection.” On her journey, Lara will “confront her true self, and decide just what kind of hero she wants to become” in Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft.

The new series is set after the events of Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the final chapter in Crystal Dynamics’ Survivor video game trilogy — and seemingly before the events of Lara Croft’s next Tomb Raider game.

Powerhouse Animation, the studio behind Netflix’s Castlevania and Master of the Universe: Revelation, is producing Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft. Hayley Atwell (Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Captain America: The First Avenger) will voice Lara Croft in the new series. Atwell will be joined by Allen Maldonado (The Wonder Years) as Zip and Earl Baylon, who reprises his role as Jonah Maiava from the Tomb Raider video games.

In addition to Netflix’s new animated series, Amazon is developing a live-action Tomb Raider series with the help of writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny). The next Tomb Raider video game is in development at Crystal Dynamics, and will be published by Amazon and run on Unreal Engine 5.

Tomb Raider: The Legend of Lara Croft premieres on Netflix on Oct. 10.

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