Borderlands trailer | Cate Blanchett leads a ragtag group of heroes in Eli Roth’s video game adventure

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Eli Roth swaps serial killers for space goo in the first Borderlands trailer. Take a look here. 

First trailer for the highly-anticipated Borderlands adaptation has just landed. Eli Roth is adapting the long-running game series into what Lionsgate hopes will start a franchise. 

Take a look at the first bonkers trailer for Borderlands below. 

Borderlands features one of the most eccentric casts for a videogame adaptation we’ve seen in a while. Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Hart and the voice of Jack Black? In this economy?!

Also joining the cast are Edgar Ramírez, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Gina Gershon. Roth is also in charge of the script, together with Joe Crombie. 

It doesn’t immediately strike as a classically Eli Rothian film. Roth has made his name with extreme horror and gorefests, such as Hostel and last year’s Thanksgiving. Visually, it’s a feast of colours as a red-haired Cate Blanchett shoots space guns at bad guys. 

Jack Black will voice Claptrap and may we say, that’s one inspired piece of casting. The trailer is giving us strong Guardians of the Galaxy and The Suicide Squad vibes as well, but it also looks rather faithful to the games’ style. This will be Roth’s second collaboration with Blanchett and Black after they worked on The House With A Clock In Its Walls

Here’s the official synopsis from Lionsgate: 

Lilith (Blanchett), 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 (Ramírez), the universe’s most powerful S.O.B. Lilith forms an unexpected alliance with a ragtag team of misfits – Roland (Hart), a seasoned mercenary on a mission; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound protector; Tannis (Curtis), the oddball scientist who’s seen it all; and Claptrap (Black), 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 will hit cinemas on 9th August. 

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