Deadline is reporting that Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Ryann Redmond and Bobby Lee round out 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.
Director Eli Roth released a statement saying:
I am so excited to work with this incredible, top notch cast. Every single part counts and elevates the film and we have the best of the best coming in to really make Borderlands spectacular. I love movies where every character counts and you can only achieve that with a great cast. Every one of these gifted actors will bring something special to the film.
Gina Gershon (whose credits include New Amsterdam and Cagefighter) will be playing the role of Moxxi, Cheyenne Jackson (whose credits include American Horror Story and Saved By The Bell) will be playing the role of Jakobs, Charles Babalola (whose credits include Bancroft and Gretel & Hansel) will be playing the role of Hammerlock, Benjamin Byron Davis (whose credits include The Belko Experiment and Ant-Man and the Wasp) will be playing the role of Marcus, Steven Boyer (whose credits include Hustlers and Chicago Fire) will be playing the role of Scooter, Ryann Redmond (whose credits include Younger and Heels) will be playing the role of Ellie, and Bobby Lee (whose credits include How It Ends and Magnum P.I) will be playing the role of a new character Larry.
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, with Eli Roth set to direct. 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.
The new additions will join a cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jack Black, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Edgar Ramirez, Olivier Richters and Janina Gavankar.