‘Borderlands’: Release date, plot details, cast and everything we know about it

The beloved first-person looter-shooter RPG video game series Borderlands, praised for its Mad Max-style action and vivid, neon-colored open-world design, is getting the Hollywood treatment. Lionsgate and Arad Productions first announced the movie adaptation back in 2015.

The popular Gearbox game has sold over 75 million copies and generated over a billion dollars in net revenue. Fans of the cult-favorite franchise are eagerly anticipating how the movie will capture the game’s rare visual style. With its hand-drawn textures and luminescent coloring, Borderlands offers a unique and immersive gameplay experience that few other games can match. From early reports, the film promises to deliver an unparalleled cinematic experience.

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Featuring an all-star cast and crew, a prime summer release date, and an exciting trailer, here’s everything we know about the Borderlands movie.

 

 

‘Borderlands’ release date: Does it have one yet?

Get ready to mark your calendars with a highlighter because Borderlands is gearing up for its big-screen debut on August 9, 2024. That’s right, after a nine-year development journey, fans will finally get to see their favorite looter-shooter RPG come to life.

Sharing the premiere date is no small feat, as Borderlands will face off against M. Night Shyamalan’s mind-bending thriller Trap, starring Josh Hartnett, and the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Colleen Hoover’s It Ends With Us, featuring Blake Lively and Justin Baldoni.

It’s a clash of genres and styles as the neon-drenched chaos of Borderlands steps onto the stage alongside two other vastly different cinematic experiences. Buckle up, because August 9, 2024, is shaping up to be a day when moviegoers will have to make some tough choices about which journey to embark on at the box office.

 

Will ‘Borderlands’ be released in theatres or on streaming?

Borderlands is set to kick off its journey with an exclusive theatrical release. Fans eager to catch the neon-lit action on the big screen will have their chance, as the movie hits theaters first.

After its exclusive run in theaters and premium video-on-demand (PVOD) windows close, Borderlands will find its way to Starz for streaming. This move follows the tradition of many Lionsgate movies, which often become available on Starz once their initial theatrical and PVOD releases wrap up.

So, whether you prefer the immersive theater experience or the comfort of streaming at home, Borderlands promises to deliver its high-octane, Mad Max-inspired thrills wherever you choose to watch.

 

Is There a Trailer for ‘Borderlands’?

Lionsgate dropped the first official trailer for Borderlands on February 21, 2024, and it’s got vibes reminiscent of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy series. Set to the groovy tune of Electric Light Orchestra’s “Do Ya,” the trailer packs a punch with its snarky humor and epic action sequences.

Adding to the hype, an “exclusive look” at Borderlands premiered during IGN Live on June 7, 2024. The clip showcased beloved characters like Lilith, Roland, Tiny Tina, Krieg, Tannis, and Claptrap as they faced off against a gang of marauding psychos. It’s clear this adaptation is bringing the game’s chaotic charm to life on the silver screen.

With such an eclectic mix of humor, action, and beloved characters, Borderlands promises to be a wild ride for both fans of the game and newcomers alike.

 

What is the Plot of ‘Borderlands’?

The official synopsis for the Borderlands movie reads:

Lilith, an infamous bounty hunter with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home, Pandora, the most chaotic planet in the galaxy. Her mission is to find the missing daughter of Atlas, the universe’s most powerful S.O.B. Lilith forms an unexpected alliance with a ragtag team of misfits – Roland, a seasoned mercenary on a mission; Tiny Tina , a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s musclebound protector; Tannis, the oddball scientist who’s seen it all; and Claptrap, a wiseass robot. Together, these unlikely heroes must battle an alien species and dangerous bandits to uncover one of Pandora’s most explosive secrets. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other. Based on one of the best-selling videogame franchises of all time, welcome to BORDERLANDS.

 

‘Borderlands’ cast details 

The Borderlands movie boasts a star-studded ensemble, headlined by two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett in the role of Lilith. Known for her captivating performances in dramas like Tár, Blue Jasmine, and Carol, Blanchett has also showcased her versatility in blockbuster hits such as Thor: Ragnarok and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Her collaboration with director Eli Roth on The House With a Clock in Its Walls sets a promising precedent for her portrayal of the enigmatic Lilith.

Joining Blanchett is comedian and actor Kevin Hart, stepping into the role of Roland. While Hart is celebrated for his comedic chops in films like Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Night School, his commitment to shedding his usual persona for a more serious role highlights his dedication to the character’s depth and complexity.

Ariana Greenblatt, recognized for her roles in Barbie, Love and Monsters, and Avengers: Infinity War, takes on the role of Tiny Tina. Inspired by Margot Robbie’s meticulous approach to Harley Quinn, Greenblatt brings a youthful energy and dynamism to the preteen demolitionist.

Florian Munteanu, known for his roles in the Creed sequels and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, embodies Krieg, Tina’s silent yet formidable protector. Jack Black, lending his voice to the wisecracking robot Claptrap, adds his signature humor to the ensemble, having previously collaborated with Blanchett, Hart, and Roth.

Academy Award winner Jamie Lee Curtis portrays scientist Patricia Tannis, blending intelligence with a hint of eccentricity. Édgar Ramírez, acclaimed for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, embraces the role of Atlas, the film’s powerful antagonist, capturing the film’s whimsical and gonzo spirit.

Rounding out the cast are Gina Gershon as Mad Moxxi, Bobby Lee as Larry, Olivier Richters as Krom, Janina Gavankar as Commander Knoxx, Cheyenne Jackson as Jakobs, Charles Babalola as Hammerlock, Benjamin Byron Davis as Marcus, Steven Boyer as Scooter, Ryann Redmond as Ellie, and Haley Bennett in a mysterious role tied to Lilith’s past.

With such a diverse and talented cast, Borderlands promises to deliver a thrilling and visually striking adaptation that honors the beloved video game’s unique universe.