Variety is reporting that Cate Blanchett has officially signed up to star in Lionsgate’s film adaptation of popular video game franchise Borderlands.
The franchise is a role-playing first-person shooter that began back in 2009 and was created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K label. The game is set on the frontier of a sci-fi universe, the planet of Pandora, which has been abandoned by a mega-corporation prior to the games events. The franchise thus far, including the most recent installment (Borderlands 3) that was released in September 2019, has sold more than 57m units worldwide.
Director Eli Roth released a statement saying:
I’m so lucky to have the amazing Cate Blanchett starring in Borderlands. We had the most incredible collaboration together on The House With a Clock in Its Walls, and I believe there’s nothing she can’t do. From drama to comedy and now action, Cate makes every scene sing. Working with her is truly a director’s dream come true, and I feel so fortunate that I get to do it again on an even bigger scale. Everyone brings their A-game to work with Cate, and I know together we’re going to create another iconic character in her already storied career.
Earlier in the month it was reported that Cate Blanchett was in negotiations to play the role of Lilith, who was a playable character in the first game and is one of only six women in the galaxy that belongs to the powerful ‘siren’ class, wielding incredible superhuman powers.
Avi and Ari Arad on board to produce under their Arad Productions banner alongside Erik Feig under his Picturestart banner. The latest draft of the script has been written by Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin. Founder of Gearbox Software and executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise, Randy Pitchford, will serve as an executive producer on the film adaption alongside Chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick. James Myers and Aaron Edmonds will oversee the project on behalf of Lionsgate, while Emmy Yu will oversee for Arad Productions and Lucy Kitada for Picturestart.