Ramirez is no stranger to big-budget action and adventure, having appeared in the likes of The Bourne Ultimatum, Wrath of the Titles, and the 2015 Point Break remake, and director Eli Roth believes he’s the perfect choice for the role.
“What an incredible honor to have an actor of Edgar’s caliber, talent and charisma playing opposite Cate Blanchett and this remarkable cast” Roth told Deadline. “Atlas has to be a truly magnetic personality, someone with charisma and charm but that air of menace underneath it all. I’ve been a fan of Edgar’s since his early performances, and he continues to amaze me with each dramatic turn. We want to create something wild, fun, and very different from anything they’ve seen from Edgar before. I am so, so excited to work with him.”
There have been five games set in the world of Borderline. (Picture: 2K Games)
Ramirez joins the ever-expanding cast for the video game adaptation, which now includes Kevin Hart, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, and Jack Black.
Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin penned the most recent iteration of the script, and Lionsgate has released the following synopsis based on his work:
Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett teams up with Kevin Hart in director Eli Roth’s Borderlands. Lilith (Blanchett), 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 (Ramirez).
Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector, Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black) a persistently wise-ass 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. Based on the game from Gearbox and 2k, one of the bestselling videogame franchises of all time, welcome to Borderlands.