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New Real-World Lara Croft Makes Her Debut for Tomb Raider: Underworld

Eidos Interactive revealed that seasoned gymnast Alison Carroll will be the new face of famed videogame character Lara Croft. Carroll will portray the internationally recognized heroine for the next year, with her first appearances to be made promoting the latest installment to the gaming franchise, TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD, which ships November 2008.

Featuring the essential characteristics at the core of Lara Croft's personality -- brawn, brains and beauty -- Carroll particularly complements this iteration of Ms. Croft. TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD is the first Tomb Raider game designed to reflect the physical athleticism and real-world skills required of a world-class adventurer. With an all-new engine built specifically to exploit the capabilities of the latest game consoles, TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD depicts Lara as we have never seen her before with movements and skills reminiscent of a highly skilled gymnast. Sharing Lara's strength and grace, Carroll is an experienced competitive gymnast who has performed and competed across the globe. Her more than 12 years of gymnastics training align perfectly with the game's enhanced movement set.

Throughout her adventure in TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD, Lara faces challenges unlike anything she's experienced in the past, putting her own training to the ultimate test. In preparation for this role, Carroll is embarking on a regime that includes survival, combat and semi-automatic weapons training, as well as world archeology coursework, all of which complement the mythology and exploration themes at the heart of the Tomb Raider franchise. Carroll is also enjoying special early access to the highly anticipated TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD to study Lara's movements, techniques and personality as a next generation gaming heroine.

TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD launches November 2008 and is co-published by Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. in North America. For more information, visit the official site at www.tombraider.com.

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