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Playing Lara Croft is emotionally and physically draining says new ...

Camilla Luddington, the British actress picked to play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, has described the role as "some of the most emotionally and physically draining work that I've ever done".

She makes the revelation in a new video diary, the first in a series called The Final Hours of Tomb Raider, presented by actor Zachary Levi, the star of TV sitcom Chuck.

Whereas previous Tomb Raider games used an entirely digital Lara, with real life models such as Rhona Mitra and Nell McAndrew hired to play the character at events, this latest game will see the iconic heroine voiced and performed by a motion-captured actress in-game. Also unlike previous Tomb Raider games, in which Lara was a confident adventurer, the latest game presents her as young and inexperienced, stranded on an island with brutal pirates. There's less acrobatics and a lot more punishment being dished out.

"When I got this role I never thought I would cry so much. I just thought I'd be kicking butt. That's the Lara I thought I'd gotten myself into," says Luddington, whose other work includes lengthy turns on hit TV shows Californication and True Blood. "We're used to seeing Lara as cold-hearted, almost a killer. She's a badass, but in this you'll see her struggle."

Part of that struggle involves the first time Lara is forced to kill someone to survive. "She has to fight for her life," Luddington explains. "It's fascinating how she reacts to that. She doesn't just walk away from that first kill."

Tomb Raider is out for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC on March 5th next year.

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