Borderlands movie: Release date, plot, cast & everything we know so far

Eleni Thomas
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The popular video game series Borderlands is coming to the big screen, eventually, so here’s everything you need to know about the cast & plot of the upcoming movie adaptation ahead of its release.

Video game movies and TV shows have never been more popular. With the likes of Arcane, The Witcher, and Sonic the Hedgehog all being well received, not to mention HBO’s Emmy-nominated The Last of Us adaptation, it seems like almost every big gaming franchise is getting the TV or movie treatment nowadays.

One such gaming franchise is Borderlands, with a star-studded movie on the way. Based on the hugely popular games of the same name, the Borderlands universe is almost like a futuristic Western.

The games were developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, spanning from 2009 to the most recent release in 2022.

With a creative backdrop and plenty of lore to draw off of, the Borderlands movie could go in a number of directions. And while it appears to be in some form of development hell for the time being, it’s still on track to hit cinemas around the globe in the near future. Here’s everything we know about the movie so far.


Borderlands movie release date

The Borderlands movie is officially slated to release in theaters on August 9, 2024.

This particular date was locked in midway through 2023, despite principal photography having wrapped up all the way back in 2021.

The film officially wrapped shooting back in June 2021, however, it’s seemingly been in some form of development hell ever since. Multiple stages of reshoots have been reported, and more could be set to follow given the new release date late in 2024.

Borderlands movie plot and setting details

While the movie will draw inspiration from the games and include characters from across the franchise, it appears that it will focus on a completely fresh narrative and plot. The official movie synopsis from Lionsgate reads as the following:

“Lilith, an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas. Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland, a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina, a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis, the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap, a persistently wiseass robot.

These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.”

For Borderlands fans, a number of familiar characters from the games will be on full display in this live-action version.

Cast and crew: Who is in the Borderlands movie?

The Borderlands film is directed by Eli Roth, best known for his work in the horror genre. His knowledge of action and gore will likely come in handy when helping bring the unique world of Borderlands to life.

As well as this, Jack Black will be voicing Claptrap, one of the game’s most iconic characters. 

Other big names include Jamie Lee Curtis as Tannis and Kevin Hart as Roland. And while not all characters have been revealed, the rest of the Borderlands movie cast and characters include:

  • Bobby Lee – Larry
  • Edgar Ramirez – Atlas
  • Ariana Greenblatt – Tiny Tina
  • Steven Boyer – Scooter
  • Charles Babalola – Hammerlock
  • Olivier Richters – Krom
  • Janina Gavankar – Knoxx
  • Florian Munteanu – Krieg
  • Benjamin Byron Davis – Marcus

Does the Borderlands movie have a trailer?

No, so far, the Borderlands movie is yet to be given a trailer. However, a new teaser trailer has been released, with a full trailer set to drop tomorrow. As such, be sure to check back in as we update this hub with the new trailer.

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Eleni is a Melbourne-based journalist. Having completed her Bachelor's in communication (Journalism) at RMIT University, Eleni is now a Senior Writer for the Dexerto Australia team. A big Nintendo fan (with a Triforce tattoo to prove it) and a lover of the zombie genre, Eleni covers gaming, entertainment as well as TV and movies for the site. She is also passionate about covering Queer and female representation. Contact Eleni at