Jamie Lee Curtis has had a sort of career resurgence over the last few years, with several high-profile releases proving the actress is still a sought after performer. Yet one of Curtis’ biggest roles might still be on the horizon, as Collider is now reporting that Jamie Lee Curtis is joining the cast of the upcoming Borderlands movie.
Collider broke the news, which states that Jamie Lee Curtis will be playing the character of Dr. Patricia Tannis in the new Borderlands film. Collider mentions that Tannis is an archeologist who was a non-player character in the games, but provided missions in Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3. However, Tannis does have a complicated history with the character of Roland, which will be played by Cate Blanchett.
In addition to Jamie Lee Curtis and Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart also recently joined the cast of Borderlands. Hart will be playing Roland, a former member of the Crimson Lance military force who has a mysterious past. A major action film based on a video game seems like a major departure for Curtis, Blanchett, and Hart, so this promising cast seems to bode well for this adaptation. Plus with so many new additions to the cast recently, it seems as though we might be hearing new cast reveals until production begins.
But beyond just a great cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Hart, Borderlands also has an intriguing team working behind-the-scenes. Eli Roth, director of such films as the Hostel series and the recent The House with a Clock in Its Walls, will be directing, while Craig Mazin, who wrote the series Chernobyl and is working on HBO’s upcoming The Last of Us adaptation, has written the script. That’s a pretty packed team for a video game adaptation.
Jamie Lee Curtis has had an impressive few years recently, showing that she can still draw major crowds with high-profile releases. In 2018, she starred and executive produced Halloween. This sequel/reboot of sorts only cost $10 million to make, but went on to earn $255 million worldwide. The success of Halloween fast-tracked two sequels, which Curtis will return for: 2021’s Halloween Kills, and 2022’s Halloween Ends. In 2019, Curtis also appeared in the ensemble thriller, Knives Out, which made over $311 million worldwide.
Beyond Borderlands and the two Halloween sequels, Jamie Lee Curtis still has even more major projects on the way. Curtis will also be appearing in Everything Everywhere All at Once, from Swiss Army Man directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. The film is co-produced by Anthony and Joe Russo and will be distributed by A24.
With pre-production on Borderlands seemingly moving forward, the team coming together is truly impressive. With people like Jamie Lee Curtis, Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Eli Roth, and Craig Mazin working on Borderlands, this is shaping up to be a grand video game adaptation unlike we’ve ever seen before. This is already an exciting cast, but who knows who else will be joining Borderlands before casting is done?