It's official – Cate Blanchett has been cast as Lilith in the upcoming movie adaptation of Borderlands. Lionsgate confirmed earlier reports of Blancett's casting in a tweet (opens in new tab), writing: "THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Welcome Cate Blanchett to the world of Borderlands."
Eli Roth is set to direct the movie, with Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin penning the script. A statement from Roth on Blanchett's casting read: "I’m so lucky to have the amazing Cate Blanchett starring in Borderlands. 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."
As we learned in February, Roth is set to direct the film. The filmmaker is best known for directing credits on blood-splattered titles like Cabin Fever, Hostel, and Grindhouse. He's also known as an actor, having featured in most of his own movies as well as Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. The latest version of the script was written by the Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin, which is an undeniably positive sign that the Borderlands story will be brought to life in an engaging way.
Not that Blanchett needs an introduction, but the actress is known for several prominent roles in nerdom. In 2017, she played Thor's sister Hela in Thor: Ragnarok, and she's also known for her role as the royal Elf Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit series of films.
The Borderlands movie was officially confirmed to be in development at Lionsgate last year. Since Hollywood is currently shut down, there's no telling when we'll see Borderlands on the big screen, but if the aforementioned cast and crewmembers hold strong, this could be one to look out for.
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