Deadline is exclusively reporting that Edgar Ramirez is the latest name to join the cast of Lionsgate’s film adaptation of the popular video game franchise Borderlands.
The film will have audiences following Lilith, an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas. Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland, a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina, a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis, the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap, a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.
The video game 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.
Edgar Ramirez (whose recent credits include Yes Day and The Undoing) will be playing the role of Atlas, a business titan and arms manufacturer, and the most powerful person in the universe.
Director Eli Roth released a statement saying:
What an incredible honour to have an actor of Edgar’s caliber, talent, and charisma playing opposite Cate Blanchett and this remarkable cast. Atlas has to be a truly magnetic personality, someone with charisma and charm but that air of menace underneath it all. I’ve been a fan of Edgar’s since his early performances and he continues to amaze me with each dramatic turn. We want to create something wild, fun, and very different from anything they’ve seen from Edgar before. I am so, so excited to work with him.
The President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Nathan Kahane, released a statement saying:
The force of Edgar’s presence and the strength of his talent as an actor make him an ideal choice to play Atlas, a character who controls the fate of so many in the Borderlands universe. He’s the perfect addition to this perfect 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.