Collider is exclusively reporting that Jamie Lee Curtis is the latest name to join the cast of Lionsgate’s film adaptation of the 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.
Jamie Lee Curtis (whose recent credits include Halloween and Knives Out) will be playing the role of Dr. Patricia Tannis, an archeologist on Pandora who have the key to finding the vault, but whose complicated history with Lilith isn’t going to help.
Director Eli Roth released a statement about the casting, saying:
Working with the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis has been a life long dream of mine, and I am so excited for her to bring her humour, warmth and brilliance to the role of Tannis.
Lionsgate’s Nathan Kahane also released a statement, saying:
The kind of talent we’ve been able to bring together for Borderlands is a testament to the incredible script that Craig wrote and Eli’s vision for Pandora. Jamie is unique in that her characters have depth and gravitas, but are also always hugely entertaining, she commands the screen. At this point, Jamie is like family to us after bringing so much to Knives Out and hosting last summer’s Lionsgate Live fundraiser to help theatre workers, so we could not be more thrilled to be working with her again.
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.