While it may have gone largely unreported in the broadsheets, contain not the slightest piece of technological relevance and be completely superficial, I would not feel – in all good conscious, my readers – to be doing my job properly without bringing to your attention the new Lara Croft.
Unveiled at the ass end of this week, the lucky lady was Top Shop worker (now former, I suspect) Karima Adebibe. As the publicity shot clearly shows, the 20 year old from London won for at least a pair of very good reasons and will now follow in the footsteps of previous Laras’ such as the gorgeous Angelina Jolie, mildly tarty Rhona Mitra and lad mag fodder Nell McAndrew. Whether she joins this variable trio or disappears into the anonymity of other Laras’ Lucy Clarkson (?), Vanessa Demouy (?) and Lara Weller (??) surely depends whether she has two things: 1. Genuine talent 2. Ambitiously flexible morals.
Karima, who doesn’t like computer games (“I don't get to play as often as I would like these days”), does admit to being a bit of a tomboy so she should enjoy the SAS survival, combat and semi automatic weapon firing course in Eastern Europe and crash courses in world archaeology, deportment, elocution and etiquette lessons that Eidos somehow believes all real life Lara totty stand ins-need. *Really, I’m not joking. **Really, really. *** No, not even about Eastern Europe!
Anyway, bless her little cotton socks, she’s as happy as a lamb with this rather extreme career change (“It's probably been the most exciting thing that's ever happened to me”), though we’re a little confused why “dad LOVE'S it” (her capitals). Whether or not this is Karima’s first true shot at C-list celebratory is not completely clear however as a quick Googling suggests she may also have been ‘Sacrificial Maiden’ in Alien Vs Predator…
Oh, and apparently Eidos said there was something about some kind of tenth Tomb Raidery game-type-thing on 7 April. It says it would be good n all so here’s a pic, if you’re into that kind of stuff...
Clearly when I said 'toy shop' I meant Top Shop, because I wasn't like distracted or anything, no Sir, no me... (thanks S. Smith)
Have another photo!