Copyright 2002

[ November 15th 2002 ]

Lara Croft's gadget-extraordinaire side-kick Bryce, played by 30-year-old Australian actor Noah Taylor, will reprise his role opposite Angelina Jolie in Paramount Pictures' Tomb Raider sequel The Cradle Of Life. Taylor, fresh from playing notorious World War 2 dictator Hitler in MAX, told Sci-Fi Wire his character serves the same function as before.

"Different films have different requirements. I think you should approach them all with the same level of professionalism, but it's a fairly clear-cut, defined purpose that my character fulfills in a film like that. My job is just to carry that out. I kind of like how simplistic it is on one level, kind of an old-fashioned adventure film. It's not something I've done a lot of before, and I kind of like not going home wracked about 'what's my character really thinking?'"

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life chronicles the adventures of British aristocrat Lara Croft sent on a perilous mission to rescue the world from the exploits of an evil Chinese crime syndicate led by oriental crime lord Chen Lo. The movie opens with an explosive underwater action scene involving a struggle for a sacred ancient spear guarded by Chen Lo's evil henchmen and a mission to overthrow new villain Reiss from deploying an army of biological drones to wreak havoc on the world.

The original Simon West-helmed video-game adaptation garnered more than $230 million in revenue worldwide, coining $48 million during its domestic opening weekend and remains the highest ever box-office earner for a female-driven movie. That married with 30 million sales of a videogame featuring Britain's most potent franchise export to date are the perfect ingredients for a second indelible mark on the silver screen and the Paramount bankroll.

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