Jamie Lee Curtis signs up for the Borderlands film

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Jamie Lee Curtis is joining the cast of the Borderlands film in the role of Patricia Tannis, an archaeologist on the world of Pandora whose "complicated" history with Lilith that could get in the way of opening the fabled vault.

The Borderlands Wiki doesn't delve into the nature of that relationship, nor does The Hollywood Reporter, which revealed the news of the casting. The wiki does say, however, that Tannis, formerly employed by the Dahl Corporation, "has a tenuous grip on sanity," strongly dislikes social interactions, and has "a very strange set of morals." She's also one of the top experts on Eridians and Vaults, though, and so she continues to be consulted by vault hunters.

As for Curtis, she's an actor of no small repute: IMDB says she got her start as "Girl in Dressing Room" in the 1970s series Quincy ME, but she quickly established herself as one of Hollywood's best-known scream queens with the 1978 horror film Halloween. Other horror flicks followed, but she also branched out into more mainstream fare, ranging from action (True Lies) to comedy (A Fish Called Wanda) to a John Travolta vehicle (Perfect) that's probably best forgotten. 

To her boundless credit, though, she never turned away from her roots: Halloween Kills is expected to hit the screens in October, and Halloween Ends is slated to come out in 2022.

Curtis joins Cate Blanchett and Kevin Hart on the Borderlands film, who will play the vault hunters Lilith and Roland. The Borderlands film doesn't have a release date yet but filming is expected to start soon in Hungary. We don't have a firm sense of how aggressively the film will draw on the Borderlands games and its recognizable characters or simply draw looser inspiration from them.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.