Ariana Greenblatt to play Tiny Tina in Eli Roth’s Borderlands
Ariana Greenblatt to play Tiny Tina in Eli Roth film adaptation of best-selling video game franchise Borderlands after a worldwide casting search. Greenblatt will join Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis and Jack Black in the film. Last year, Greenblatt starred in Love and monsters for Paramount, The one and only Ivan for Disney, and played a role in Warner Bros. ‘ Scoob!. The actress will now take on Tiny Tina, who in video games is a non-player character described as a thirteen-year-old volatile explosives expert.
“Ariana is a spectacular new film talent. She has already worked with several of my close associates and everyone loves her. She blew us all away during her audition, and I can’t wait to see her bring the wild, insane, and unpredictable Tiny Tina to the big screen. She’ll explode onscreen like one of Tina’s grenades, ”Roth said.
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It was announced in May 2020 that Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (Carol, Blue jasmine, The aviator) will lead the cast as Lilith, a legendary mermaid and thief with magical skills. Hart signed on to play the role of Roland, a former soldier turned mercenary. Curtis will play Tannis, an archaeologist on Pandora who may have the key to finding the safe, but whose complicated history with Lilith (Blanchett) isn’t going to help. Jack Black will play the beloved Claptrap robot companion.
Based on the best-selling PC and console gaming experience from developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K, a wholly owned trademark of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., Borderlands will be produced by Avi Arad and Ari Arad, who produce via their banner Arad Productions, and Erik Feig, via PICTURESTART, who led the project and oversaw development, including the latest version of the screenplay from the two-time award-winning screenwriter. Emmy Craig Mazin. The film’s executive producers are Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise and founder of Gearbox Entertainment Company, and Strauss Zelnick, president and CEO of Take-Two Interactive.
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Borderlands is one of the most successful video game franchises in the world, with over 57 million units sold worldwide, including over 22 million units of Borderlands 2, which is the best-selling title in 2K history. The last installment, Borderlands 3, which launched in September 2019, has already sold nearly 8 million units worldwide and received the “Best Multiplayer Game” award at Gamescom.
(Photo by Robyn Breen Shinn)