And we thought it was strange when Cate Blanchett agreed to play a villain in Thor: Ragnarok. That’s nothing compared to the latest role she’s signed on for: Eli Roth’s Borderlands movie, based on the violent first-person shooter video games.
Variety reports the Oscar-winning Cate Blanchett is in talks to play Lilith in Eli Roth and Lionsgate’s Borderlands movie. Lilith is one of the core playable characters, a Siren with cosmic and spectral abilities. The game is set on the planet Pandora in a distant future, where mega corporations send treasure hunters to raid alien Vaults. To do it they’ll need to fight the planet’s native wildlife and deadly bandit population. The best-selling franchise has spawned three sequels, the latest in 2019.
Borderlands has no release date at this point. The script is by Craig Mazin, who won a pair of Emmys for HBO’s Cherynobyl miniseries. He’s also working on another video game adaptation, The Last of Us, also for HBO.
Blanchett can be seen right now leading Hulu’s excellent miniseries, Mrs. America.