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[ February 23rd 2001 ]
Jolie's Land Rover Defender, which joins a Harley/Ducatti
carbon highbred as one of Lara Croft's all-terrain
vehicles in Paramount Pictures Tomb Raider movie,
might be making an early appearance at this years
Geneva Motor Show, according to a report by online
trade magazine Auto Net.
Jolie won't be the only star of the "Tomb Raider"
film, as Land Rover has managed to get its Defender
to have a starring role in the flick, and the
SUV becomes the vehicle of choice for Jolie's
character, Lara Croft, throughout the movie. The
movie debuts in North America on June 15, but
those wanting to get a better peek at the vehicle
can see it at the Geneva Motor Show starting Feb.
27, three months before it's silver screen debut
transporting Lara Croft to remote and rugged landscapes
across the globe in a fearless search for the
Eye Of Ages."
Croft's V-8 powered grey Bonatti Land Rover has
been modified by designers to cater for maximum
exploit, sporting an onboard rocket launcher,
satellite navigation, quick release harness system
for rapid ejection, intricate exhaust system come
breathing apparatus, aluminium tread plates and
bumpers and four Safari headlamps fixed to the
roof of the cab. And that's just one vehicle.
Defender isn't the only Land Rover vehicle in
the movie though, as the automaker managed to
sneak in some other models including its Range
Rover, which is the vehicle of choice for Croft's
archenemies in the film, Powell. There are also
Discovery SUVs making an appearance in the movie,
driven by Powell's henchmen. "The Defender was
the perfect choice to star as Lara's vehicle,"
said film director Simon West. "The entire theme
of the film is based on action and adventure,
so Lara's vehicle had to be one rugged enough
to match up to all the challenging stunts.""
Rover, who last year sponsored the first ever
live Tomb Raider webcast, touring the Pinewood
Studio set with interviews from Angelina Jolie
and director Simon West, will unveil two new Defender
vehicles to coincide with the release of the movie.