It had been rumored that she was going to star in Eli Roth's movie adaptation of the video game Borderlands and on Thursday, Variety confirmed that Cate Blanchett will indeed be part of the production, playing the character Lilith, a thief equipped with magical skills.
Blanchett and Roth previously worked together on the 2018 fantasy film The House With a Clock in Its Walls and in a statement, Roth said he was 'so lucky' to have the 'amazing' actress come on board his latest project.
Cate Blanchett has been confirmed to star in Eli Roth's movie adaptation of the phenomenally successful video game Borderlands
'I believe there’s nothing she can’t do. From drama to comedy and now action, Cate makes every scene sing,' Roth gushed.
'Working with her is truly a director’s dream come true, and I feel so fortunate that I get to do it again on an even bigger scale.'
Borderlands was first released in 2009 and is a first-person action game that takes place in a space western science fantasy setting, players can choose to be one of four 'vault hunters' on the planet of Pandora who is searching for a secret location filled with advanced alien technology while fending off marauders and thieves.
The original video game has spawned two sequels and a pre-sequel and it is one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time. Blanchett will bring to life the video game character of Lilith, a thief equipped with magical skills.
'I believe there’s nothing she can’t do. From drama to comedy and now action, Cate makes every scene sing,' Roth gushed. 'Working with her is truly a director’s dream come true'
Blanchett, who has been nominated for six Oscars and won two, has been busy lining up work for when production starts up again following the coronavirus pandemic hiatus.
The Australian star is attached to join the cast of Adam McKay's comedy Don't Look Up and James Gray's Armageddon Times.
McKay, who made The Big Short and Vice is writing, producing, and directing Don't Look Up for Netflix. Jennifer Lawrence is also on board for the comedy about two astronomers who discover an asteroid will hit the earth in six months and embark on a press tour to warn the world about it.
McKay has previously described the film as 'a dark satire in the school of Wag the Dog, Doctor Strangelove, and Network,' according to Collider.com.
Work: Blanchett is busy lining up new projects and is attached to join the cast of Adam McKay's comedy Don't Look Up and James Gray's Armageddon Times
Gray's film Armageddon Times is based on the filmmaker's experiences as a student at the Kew-Forest School in Queens, Variety reported. The private school is the alma mater of Donald Trump and his father Fred Trump was a member of the school board.
Gray's credits include The Lost City of Z and Ad Astra.
Blanchett, 50, can currently be seen in the FX on Hulu series Mrs. America in which she plays leading anti-feminist activist Phyllis Schlafly. She also wrapped production earlier this year on Guillermo del Toro’s thriller Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper.
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