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Tomb Raider 2 - Lara's back and fitter than ever

Story by: Jack Foley

LARA Croft (aka Angelina Jolie) is back in cinemas this July, and facing her greatest challenges and dangers yet.

During the latest installment of her adventures, the intrepid tomb raider jet skies, rides horses, motorcycles and much more through such exotic locations as Hong Kong, Kenya, Wales, Greece and Africa as she searches for an infamous site known as The Cradle of Life.

Brought to the screen by the original Tomb Raider producers, Lawrence Gordon (Die Hard, 48 Hours) and Lloyd Levin (Boogie Nights), Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life is directed by Jan De Bont (Speed, Twister), and stars Angelina Jolie (Girl Interrupted, Original Sin), along with returning cast members Noah Taylor (Vanilla Sky, Max) and Christopher Barrie (Red Dwarf). Gerard Butler (Timeline), Ciaran Hinds (The Road To Perdition, The Sum of All Fears) and Djimon Hounsou (The Four Feathers, Gladiator) join the cast of the film, which is executive produced by Jeremy Heath Smith (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).

"The combination of an action director like Jan De Bont and our greatest asset, Angelina Jolie, makes this the perfect marriage," says producer Lawrence Gordon.

"In addition, we have an incredibly inventive story that entertains and advances the characters."

"We're raising the stakes significantly with the sequel, telling an edgier, more dangerous and exciting tale," adds producer Lloyd Levin. "Lara is taking us on a wildly ambitious journey this time, and I'm especially looking forward to watching Angelina rise to the challenge."

The Cradle of Life develops the character of aristocratic Lara Croft, the beautiful sexy heroine of Eidos Interactive's phenomenally successful, Tomb Raider game series.

For an action director like Jan De Bont, the film is exactly the kind of roller coaster ride that made his reputation.

"I have always been in love with the Lara Croft character in Tomb Raider and was convinced it would make a fantastic franchise," says De Bont.

"To have an incredibly exciting heroine like her is the most ideal thing for a director like me.

"Add to that Angelina Jolie, who is both talented and daring enough to do her own stunts, and we have something really amazing."

Dean Georgaris' script is based on an original story by Kirk Petruccelli & Lloyd Levin.

Stemming from the Eidos Interactive Game Series developed by Core Design, The Cradle of Life pits Lara Croft against her greatest challenges and dangers yet, and her physical prowess is tested as never before.

During the course of filming, the production will travel from Hong Kong to Kenya and from Wales to Greece.

In addition, elaborate interior and exterior sets, built at the production's home base, Pinewood Studios, located outside London, will bring the world of Lara Croft vividly to life. Before she took on the role of Lara Croft, Angelina Jolie embarked on a serious training regime to regain the physical aptitude she displayed in the first Tomb Raider.

Win tickets to the premiere of the latest instalment of the Tomb Raider adventures starring Angelina Jolie.

The latest offering sees archaeologist and explorer extraordinaire, Lara Croft journey to a temple, sunken underwater, that leads to a sphere that contains the mythical Pandora's Box, only to have it stolen from her by Chen Lo, the leader of a Chinese crime syndicate, who's in league with a bad guy named Reiss, who wants to use the Box as a doomsday weapon.

Due for release in the UK on August 22, you and a friend could win exclusive tickets to the UK premiere, simply by following the competition link to the right of this page:

The premiere takes place at Leicester Square, London, on a date to be confirmed.

Prize includes travel to London and accommodation, if travelling from outside the M25, plus tickets to the after show party.

Please only enter if you are over 15 and can definitely travel to London's Leicester Square on the date to be specified.

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