Actor and fighting game enthusiast Jamie Lee Curtis gave Borderlands fans their first look at the upcoming movie based on Gearbox’s looter-shooter series on Tuesday. Curtis, who plays Tannis in the film, snapped and posted a pic of Cate Blanchett on the set of Borderlands. And even though we only see Blanchett in silhouette, it’s evident that her portrayal of the siren Lilith hews closely to her in-game look.
Curtis posted the behind-the-scenes shot to her Instagram, calling Lilith “our legendary heroine, psycho blasting, vault hunting vixen with a bad attitude.” Curtis also teased imminent sneak peeks at the rest of the cast, including Kevin Hart as Roland, Jack Black as Claptrap, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, and Florian Munteanu as Krieg.
Filling out the Borderlands movie cast are Janina Gavankar as Commander Knoxx, Edgar Ramirez as Atlas, Olivier Richters as Krom, Benjamin Byron Davis as Marcus, Charles Babalola as Hammerlock, Cheyenne Jackson as Jakobs, Gina Gershon as Moxxi, Steven Boyer as Scooter, Ryann Redmond as Ellie, and Haley Bennett in the role of an original character.
Eli Roth (Hostel, The House With the Clock in its Walls) is directing Borderlands for Lionsgate. Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, The Hangover Part 2 and 3) wrote the script. The film does not have a release date, but is expected to hit movie theaters in 2022.
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.
Update (June 3): The Borderlands movie’s Twitter account has released a slew of new character photos in the exact same silhouette style as the Lilith tease. The new photos include Roland, Patricia Tannis, Tiny Tina, Krieg, and of course, Cl4P-TP, better known as Claptrap.
Alright #Roland, former soldier of the Crimson Lance. Part bandit, part hunter, and part renegade... But all I’m allowed to show you is the silhouette part. #BorderlandsMovie is going to be WILD and we can’t wait for you to see what we've has been up to! @jamieleecurtis pic.twitter.com/uRR9EcCbBS— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 3, 2021
Exceptional scientist. Brilliant archaeologist. Acute sociophobe. That’s Patricia #Tannis in a nutshell! You’re all in for a treat with #BorderlandsMovie. I guarantee it. @jamieleecurtis pic.twitter.com/hn6ONOdyOV— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 3, 2021
Here’s a lil shadow shaped like #TinyTina! She’s just your typical interplanetary orphan with a genuine love for blowing things up. Also loves tea parties with stuffed animals! Get ready for BADONKADONK TIME (aka #BorderlandsMovie)! @jamieleecurtis pic.twitter.com/3nQtTyJxTN— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 3, 2021
Not your average Psycho...#Krieg is just trying to get through each day in Pandora, one axe rampage at a time. He’s also besties with #TinyTina. #BORDERLANDSMOVIE!! @jamieleecurtis pic.twitter.com/D51VvS5vET— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 3, 2021
CL4P-TP is a general purpose steward bot (think bulletproof Roomba with limitless knowledge but crippling anxiety). If he had any friends, they’d call him #CLAPTRAP! Get ready for #BorderlandsMovie, now in production! @jamieleecurtis pic.twitter.com/tlcFm3UYGk— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 3, 2021
Update (June 4): Jamie Lee Curtis posted another silhouette teaser, this time featuring all the character’s we’ve seen before standing next to each other.
BORDERLANDS#Squadgoals. LILITH, ROLAND, TINY TINA, KRIEG, TANNIS & CLAPTRAP.— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) June 4, 2021
They form a family band, psychos get fried, wounds open and heal and I promise you...YOU'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT! @borderlandsfilm @DuvalMagic @realeliroth@gearbox