Oscar winner Cate Blanchett will take a leading role in Eli Roth's upcoming movie adaptation of Gearbox's Borderlands series.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett - whose credits include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Thor: Ragnarok, and Roth's 2018 adaptation of The House with a Clock in its Walls - will play as Lilith, described as a "siren and legendary thief equipped with magical skills".
Borderlands fans will perhaps best know Lilith as one of the original game's four playable characters, but she's made frequent return visits to the series since then, appearing as an NPC in Borderlands 2, the Pre-Sequel, and Borderlands 3.
Welcome to Pandora, Cate! https://t.co/aHkFv6fEHq— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 28, 2020
A film adaptation of Gearbox's post-apocalyptic comedy shooter was first announced all the way back in 2015, but it appeared to be stuck in development limbo until Hostel director Roth's involvement was revealed earlier this year. Confirmation that Blanchett will star as Lilith marks the first bit of casting news for the project, and it's an unexpectedly strong start.
Eli Roth will be directing the Borderlands movie from a script by Craig Mazin (creator of TV series Chernobyl), with Avi Arad and Ari Arad producing alongside Erik Feig.