Haley Bennett has joined the cast of Eli Roth’s adaptation of Borderlands for Lionsgate, the studio announced today. Bennett will play a new role in the Borderlands universe as a key to the past of Cate Blanchett’s character, Lilith.
Haley Bennett joins a cast that includes Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg, and Jack Black as Claptrap in the film.
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, 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 (buy at Amazon), which is the highest-selling title in the history of 2K.
The most recent installment, Borderlands 3 (buy at Amazon), 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.
Haley Bennett most recently starred in Hillbilly Elegy and The Devil All the Time. She is slated to star as Roxanne opposite Peter Dinklage in Joe Wright’s Cyrano.
She is represented by WME, Tavistock Wood, and Brecheen Feldman Breimer Silver Thompson.