Progress on the Borderlands movie adaptation has ramped up a notch, as it has cast Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, the teenager with a penchant for propellants.
Cutting her teeth across genres, from Love and Monsters to The One and Only Ivan to Scoob!, Greenblatt is an inspired choice from the casting directors. You'll likely recognise her from Avengers: Infinity War, where she played Gamora in those flashbacks to her dysfunctional childhood after she was adopted by the Titan Thanos. She beat countless candidates following a worldwide search for the perfect person to play Tiny Tina, and the team are thrilled to work with her.
"Ariana is a spectacular new talent in cinema," said Eli Roth, director of the Borderlands movie. Roth is most famous for his directorial debut Cabin Fever, a visceral horror movie where a group of friends fall victim to a mysterious flesh-eating disease, and Peter Jackson loved the movie so much that he paused production on The Return of the King so that the cast and crew could see it too. In short, the quintessential guts and glory of Borderlands is in safe hands. "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," continued Roth. "She's going to blow up on screen like one of Tina's grenades."
The cast for Borderlands is absolutely stacked: Cate Blanchett will play Lilith, Kevin Hart will play Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis will play Dr. Tannis, and Jack Black will play Claptrap. Personally, I'm not so sure that the experience of Borderlands (as an RPG where players embody a relatively reticent protagonist as the chaos unfolds around them) lends itself to a continuous 90 minute stretch, but hey, I've been wrong before. Also, the script has been written by Craig Mazin - the guy who did Chernobyl and is also on board for The Last Of Us TV show.
At the moment, we don't know when Borderlands will release, but it's imagined that they're taking things slowly due to the ongoing pandemic. We'll keep you in the loop when we get further updates on the movie.
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