First look at the Borderlands movie cast, separate film and game canons
We have a first look at the cast of Borderlands in-character film via a series of individual silhouette images, as well as a collective group image. Starring (left to right) Florian Munteanu as Krieg the Psycho, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis, Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, and Claptrap (who will be voiced by Jack Black), these images give us a good idea of the costume designs for each character. The silhouette portraits capture the essence of each character well, hoping that they can translate to the screen.
—Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) June 3, 2021
Additionally, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford confirmed that Borderlands the film and game canons are separate. They used to call it the Borderlands Cinematic Universe (BCU), a riff on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) of Marvel Comics fame. While the story and characters found in the film are based on the games and will certainly be influenced by them, the film will enjoy the freedom to create its own independent canon that is not beholden to the narrative path found in the games.
Some of us working on this are starting to refer to the realm of film history as “within the Borderlands Cinematic Universe” (or BCU). It’s parallel and related to video games, with authentic characters and themes, but an independent video game canon. https://t.co/mHsDVoxrkZ
—Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) June 1, 2021
We also have a detailed summary of the story.
Lilith (Cate Blanchett), an infamous treasure hunter with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of Atlas (Edgar Ramirez), the universe’s most powerful SOB. She forms an unexpected alliance with a ragtag crew of misfits – Roland (Kevin Hart), once a highly respected soldier, but now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Ariana Greenblatt), a savage preteen demolitionist; Krieg (Florian Munteanu), Tina’s muscular and rhetorical protector; Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis), the scientist who saw it all; and Claptrap (Jack Black), a constantly wise robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe may be in their hands, but they will fight for something more: for each other.
In one of the games biggest starts, the Borderlands The movie doesn’t appear to feature either Mordecai or Brick, two of the original game’s Vault Hunters, alongside Lilith and Roland. Krieg, meanwhile, was a playable DLC character first added in Borderlands 2. With Pitchford’s mention of “the Borderlands Cinematic Universe”, one would assume the intent is to expand the film’s canon beyond a single film, which could see other fan-favorite characters joining. casting in future films.
— Borderlands (@BorderlandsFilm) June 1, 2021
For now, we’ll have to wait and see how the first film fares. Borderlands is directed by Eli Roth. It is currently filming and does not yet have a release date.