Cate Blanchett Nabs Lead in Eli Roth's 'Borderlands' Adaptation for Lionsgate

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Jury head Cate Blanchett with other filmmakers reads a statement on the steps of the red carpet in protest of the lack of female filmmakers honored throughout the history of the festival at the screening of 'Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)' during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2018 in Cannes, France. Only 82 films in competition in the official selection have been directed by women since the inception of the Cannes Film Festival whereas 1,645 films in the past 71 years have been directed by men.  

The 'Mrs. America' actress reteams with the director after starring in 'The House With a Clock in Its Walls.'

Cate Blanchett has grabbed the leading role in director Eli Roth’s adaptation of Borderlands for Lionsgate.

The project is the latest video-game adaptation after Mortal Kombat, The Angry Birds Movie, Pokemon: Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog, among others, made it to the big screen and streaming services from the gaming world.

Blanchett will play Lilith, a siren and legendary thief equipped with magical skills. The movie reunites the actress with Roth after she starred alongside Jack Black in 2018's The House With a Clock in Its Walls.

In addition to Borderlands, Blanchett is also set to star in James Gray's upcoming Armageddon Times and Adam McKay's Don't Look Up. Her credits include the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Thor: Ragnarok, among others, and she won Oscars for her performances in The Aviator and Blue Jasmine.

Roth's recent credits include Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis for MGM and Annapurna Pictures. He previously directed Cabin Fever and Knock Knock for Lionsgate.

Lionsgate's Borderlands reimagining will be executive produced by Randy Pitchford and Strauss Zelnick.