Square Enix announced that its search for the new Lara Croft is over. Camilla Luddington, best known as Claudette in HBO’s True Blood and Lizzie in Showtime’s Californication, will portray the world-famous adventurer in the upcoming Tomb Raider game.

Now scheduled for release in March 2013, later than originally announced, Square Enix and studio Crystal Dynamics said the game will reinvent Lara Croft by providing an origin story that explains her upbringing and gives context to her character.

Luddington (pictured) will get an up-close and personal look at Croft’s place in popular culture in July, when she participates in Nerd HQ and Comic-Con panels.

This is the first time a single person has provided both the voice and the performance for Lara Croft, not counting her hit movie portrayal by Angelina Jolie. The icon has been voiced in the past several Tomb Raider games by Keeley Hawes, and before that by Shelley Blond, Judith Gibbins and Jonell Elliott.

“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.”

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