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Cate Blanchett to star in Borderlands movie

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Eli Roth’s Borderlands has signed its Lilith

Director Eli Roth and actress Cate Blanchett appear on stage at CinemaCon Photo: Getty Images for CinemaCon

The likelihood that we’ll see Cate Blanchett interact with wisecracking robot Claptrap on the big screen has skyrocketed, as Lionsgate confirmed on Thursday that the two-time Oscar-winning actress will star in the movie adaptation of Borderlands. Blanchett will portray the Vault hunter Lilith, the Siren from Gearbox Software’s original Borderlands.

Borderlands will be directed by Eli Roth (Hostel, Death Wish) from a screenplay by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, The Hangover Part 2 and 3). Blanchett and Roth previously worked together on the 2018 fantasy horror comedy The House with a Clock in Its Walls.

“I’m so lucky to have the amazing Cate Blanchett starring in Borderlands,” Roth said in a statement. “We had the most incredible collaboration together on The House with a Clock in Its Walls, and I believe there’s nothing she can’t do. From drama to comedy and now action, Cate makes every scene sing. Working with her is truly a director’s dream come true, and I feel so fortunate that I get to do it again on an even bigger scale. Everyone brings their A-game to work with Cate, and I know together we’re going to create another iconic character in her already storied career.”

Blanchett has appeared in dozens of films over the past three decades, including Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, Elizabeth, and Thor: Ragnarok. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator and the Academy Award for Best Actress for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

The original Borderlands was released in 2009. Gearbox’s loot-shooter RPG tells the story of a group of intergalactic mercenaries on the world of Pandora who search for a vault of alien technology, battling alien indigenous creatures and the scavengers who still occupy the planet. Borderlands has spawned multiple mainline sequels, as well as the spinoff episodic adventure Tales from the Borderlands. Gearbox’s most recent entry, Borderlands 3, was released in September 2019.