Cate Blanchett And Kevin Hart Channel Marvel’s Guardians In ‘Borderlands’ Live Action Trailer

After years of anticipation and rumours that it might never see the light of day, the Borderlands movie, directed by Eli Roth, has finally unveiled its first trailer.

This long-awaited adaptation of the beloved video game series by Gearbox Software is set to hit theatres in August 2024, boasting an impressive cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Kevin Hart. The trailer showcases the film’s faithful recreation of the game’s universe, complete with explosive action and the iconic humour fans have come to expect.

Borderlands tells the story of Lilith, portrayed by Blanchett, an outlaw who returns to the chaotic planet Pandora at the behest of Atlas, played by Édgar Ramírez, to locate his missing daughter. To accomplish her mission, Lilith gathers a team of misfits, including characters played by Hart, Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, and Florian Munteanu. Jack Black lends his voice to the robot Claptrap, adding to the film’s dynamic ensemble cast, which also features Haley Bennett, Gina Gershon, and Cheyenne Jackson, among others.

The project, under development since 2015, began active production in 2020 when Roth was confirmed as director. Filming took place in Hungary over the summer of 2021, with Ari and Avi Arad of Arad Productions and Erik Feig of Picturestart producing the film.

Lilith in Borderlands
Cate Blanchett as Lilith in Borderlands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate

The Borderlands video game franchise has been a massive success since its debut in 2009, known for its engaging gameplay, unique visual style, and humour. The series has sold over 60 million copies worldwide, generating more than US$1 billion in revenue for Gearbox.

Despite some fans expressing reservations about the casting, the trailer promises a film that captures the essence of the Borderlands universe. Featuring iconic characters and elements from the game, the film explores the adventures of treasure hunters on the dangerous planet Pandora, guided by Claptrap. The movie’s visual style, while not fully employing the video game’s cel-shaded graphics, aligns closely with the game’s aesthetic and tone.

Borderlands opens in cinemas on 9 August 2024.