The Borderlands movie still doesn’t have a release date, but it does have a synopsis. The video game adaptation, financed by Lionsgate, for which director Eli Roth has assembled an absolute all-star cast, should therefore not follow the plot of the original, but only contain characters and locations from the series. The story, which comes from the pen of Chernobyl author Craig Mazin (also Scary Movie 3 & 4 and Hangover 2), on the other hand, should take place separately from the canonical events of the looter shooter. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has also confirmed this via Twitter.
The premise is as follows: Lillith (Cate Blanchett) is an outlaw with a mysterious past who is hired to find the daughter of Atlas (Edgar Ramirez). To do this, she travels back to her home planet Pandora, where she teams up with unexpected companions Roland (Kevin Hart), Tiny Tina (Adriana Greenblatt), Claptrap (Jack Black), Krieg (Florian Munteanu) and Tannis (Jamie Lee Curtis).
The characterization of the characters corresponds roughly to that of the series of games. Roland is a soldier in search of redress, Tina is an explosives expert, Krieg is her monosyllabic companion, Tannis is a mad scientist and Claptrap is a mechanical smartass. Opponent Atlas does not appear as a person in the games. There, Atlas is the name of an influential arms company. The previously unnamed character of Haley Bennett (The Devil All the Time, Hillbilly Elegy) is said to play an important role in Lillith’s past.
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