First look at Borderlands movie teases Lilith, Tiny Tina, and Claptrap

Photo: Katalin Vermes/Lionsgate

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.

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.


Guess no one likes Brick.

it’s evident that her portrayal of the siren Lilith hews closely to her in-game look

This image has nothing to do with Cate Blanchette. This should be a celebration of the art department and the costume, hair, and makeup teams for their fidelity. Cate Blanchette is one of our finest actors and I have no doubt she’ll do everything she can with whatever this thing ends up being, but all she did here was get fitted, sit in a chair for an hour or two, and pose on a staircase.

But that pose though! Quintessential Lilith!
Wouldn’t be possible without Cates amazing acting skills. /s

I hope we don’t get a movie that’s TOO close to the source material, there’s such a thing as being cool and then there’s let’s do anime hair on real people silly.

Do I like Borderlands a lot? Yes. Do I have any faith that this movie will capture what I love about the games? No. Would I like to see Cate Blanchett in a sci-fi action comedy, though? Certainly yes. So…"mixed feelings," I guess. Hopefully it’ll at least be watchable.

Bummed there’s no Mr. Torgue, but Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis is pretty cool.

No offense, I love JLC, but the conceit that this was a "secret BTS shot" and "oh no I might get fired for posting this!’ is just… stupid.

Especially when her post ends with very clearly marketing department approved stuff:

soon you will get to see the amazing mix of adventure and badonkadonk action and comedy from the brilliant minds of @borderlandsfilm director @realeliroth and game creator Randy Pitchford and the creative teams of @gearbox @picturestart @Lionsgate

What, you don’t think Jamie Lee Curtis, a 62 year old woman, uses "badonkadonk" in natural conversation and tags all her buddies like Lionsgate in her off-the-cuff social media posts?

Jamie Lee Curtis would definitely use the word badonkadonk. She’s hip as fuuuuuck.

It read as clearly tongue-in-cheek to me. But yeah, still silly.

I personally read it more as a PR-written thing from someone that thinks it sounds more natural than it really does. Like, the same people that think user testimonials in infomercials sound believable.

Also entirely possible. PR departments tend to have little connection to reality.

I don’t have the highest hopes for the movie, but it feels remarkable that the three female characters that are meant to be conventionally attractive (sorry Ellie, talking about Lilith, Tannis, and Moxxi) are all played by women over 50. Cate Blanchett at 52, Gina Gershon at 58, and Jamie Lee Curtis at 62. They really could have probably gotten MUCH cheaper, less established actresses that have more youthful sex appeal* if that were the direction they were going in.

*I’m gay and into thicc bears with bellies, so my ideas are a bit less mainstream. Feel gross talking about the standards of beauty since they’re kind of bullshit.

This is a good and interesting point! I think Moxxi would realistically have be in her fifties by BL3, regardless of appearance (considering that Ellie must at the very least be pushing thirty), but aging the other two up is definitely an unusual choice.

Of course, Cate Blanchett does also seem to be ageless. I believe there’s a bit in the commentary for Benjamin Button where they talk about having to use makeup to make her appear subtly older so she could convincingly play a character younger than her actual age.

Think Cate is pretty hot though

Exactly. All three of them are hot. The point is, good on them for casting three hot women in their fifties and sixties instead of casting three hot women in their twenties and thirties.

People give Hollywood crap for ageism (including myself), especially against women over 40. I think it’s awesome they casted older women. You can be conventionally attractive, even if you’re not in your 20s-30s.

Also, what the fuck is this plot? Unless Handsome Jack is meant to be a surprise presence in the movie, this is getting weird with the canon. Like Skeith mentions at the very top, there’s no Brick, but also no Mordecai, but we have Tiny Tina and Krieg who were introduced in BL2 and "Atlas", presumably Rhys from Tales of the Borderlands?

Not sure they’re going canon. I think they’re going MCU. Inspired by, but unique.

Canon is overrated.

I’d like to give this comment a whole galaxy, alas I only have one star to give.

you a Nikon guy?

There are just too many characters. I was cautiously optimistic until BL2 characters were confirmed for the film. They could have just adapted the first game but given it an actual coherent story. It just seems that they’re going to make it too bloated.

them adding a new character is gonna be a fucking disaster

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