The upcoming Borderlands film adaptation has officially cast one of its Vault Hunters. Cate Blanchett will portray the siren Lilith in Borderlands.
Blanchett joins the Lionsgate production directed by Eli Roth, who she worked with on The House With a Clock in Its Walls. In a statement via IGN, Roth says he feels fortunate to work with Blanchett again.
"Everyone brings their A-game to work with Cate, and I know together we're going to recreate another iconic character in her already storied career," Roth said.
Roth was announced as the director for the Borderlands adaptation earlier this year, and production was originally slated to begin later this year. The Borderlands project has been in production for a while, but with Roth at the helm and now a lead cast for Lilith, it seems like things are moving forward.
Other video game movies have, historically, been a bit bumpier. The Uncharted movie has gone through a number of directors, most recently picking up a new lineup of actors including Antonio Banderas. Even Mark Wahlberg, once attached to the film as a potential Nathan Drake lead, is now playing Drake's mentor, Sully.
Borderlands 3 did end up being a one of 2K's fastest-selling games ever last year, so the time might be ripe for a Borderlands film. Blanchett is an oddly high-profile get for a video game movie, in a genre where star power hasn't always saved the day. But after seeing her performance as Hera in Thor: Ragnarok, I'm interested in seeing what she brings to playing one of the Borderlands' series most recognizable characters.