IGN is reporting that Florian Munteanu 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.
Florian Munteanu (whose credits include Creed II and the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) will be playing the role of Krieg, the hulking protector of Tiny Tina.
Director Eli Roth released a statement about the casting, saying:
Florian brings real humanity and multiple layers to a character who on the surface seems totally insane and brutally savage. Krieg was by far the most difficult role to cast, and Florian brought him to life and grounded him in a way that I didn’t know was possible. He’s going to be a brilliant Krieg and will fit in perfectly with our incredible cast.
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.