As if the adaptation of the smash 2K Games looter-shooter Borderlands wasn’t star-studded enough, this week brought another major cast announcement. As first reported by Deadline, Edgar Ramirez has been cast as Deukalian Atlas, the owner of Atlas, one of the foremost manufacturing companies in the game’s world of Pandora. The company is a major force in the first game, before the ending of game one takes Atlas out of the limelight until Borderlands just a couple years ago.
Director Eli Roth spoke highly of Ramirez and his involvement in the film, saying:
“What an incredible honor to have an actor of Edgar’s caliber, talent, and charisma playing opposite Cate Blanchett and this remarkable cast. 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.”
Nathan Kahane, the president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, also put Ramirez’s talents over, saying:
“The force of Edgar’s presence and the strength of his talent as an actor make him an ideal choice to play Atlas, a character who controls the fate of so many in the Borderlands universe. He’s the perfect addition to this perfect cast.”
Ramirez, who recently starred in Netflix’s Yes Day and HBO’s The Undoing, joins Haley Bennett, Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Hart, Ariana Greenblatt (as Tiny Tina), Florian Munteanu (as Krieg), and Olivier Richters (as Krom). The movie is currently filming as of this printing.