Ariana Greenblatt has been set to play Tiny Tina in Eli Roth’s adaptation of Borderlands after a worldwide casting search.
Last year, Ariana Greenblatt starred in Love and Monsters for Paramount, The One and Only Ivan for Disney and had a voice role in Warner Bros.’ Scoob!.
She previously starred in the Disney Channel series Stuck in the Middle and appeared in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and STX’s A Bad Moms Christmas.
Her upcoming credits include starring opposite Gina Rodriguez in Netflix’s Awake, a role in Warner Bros.’ In the Heights, the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical directed by Jon M. Chu; a voice role in DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby: Family Business; and the just wrapped 65, Sony’s Sam Raimi-produced, sci-fi thriller in which she stars with Adam Driver.
Said Roth: “Ariana is a spectacular new talent in cinema. She has already worked with many of my close collaborators and everyone raves about her. She blew us all away in her audition, and I cannot wait to see her bring the wild, insane and unpredictable Tiny Tina to the big screen.
“She’s going to blow up on screen like one of Tina’s grenades.”
The latest draft of the Borderlands screenplay is by the two-time Emmy-winning screenwriter Craig Mazin. Avi Arad and Ari Arad are producing through their Arad Productions banner, with Erik Feig also producing through PICTURESTART.
The film’s executive producers are Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of the Gearbox Entertainment Company, and Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive.
Based on the best-selling PC and console gaming experience from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K, a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Borderlands is one of the world’s most successful video game franchises, with more than 68 million units sold-in worldwide, including over 24 million units of Borderlands 2, which is the highest-selling title in the history of 2K.
The most recent installment, Borderlands 3, which launched in September 2019 and was recently released for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, has sold-in more than 12 million units worldwide and was honored with the award for Best Multiplayer Game at Gamescom 2019 and Best Ongoing Game at Gamescom 2020.
James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are overseeing the project on behalf of Lionsgate. Emmy Yu is overseeing the film for Arad Productions. Lucy Kitada and Royce Reeves-Darby are overseeing the project for PICTURESTART.
Greenblatt is represented by Paradigm, Mosaic, Imprint PR and Schreck Rose Dapello. Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.