Jack Black has been cast to play the sarcastic and snarky robot Claptrap in Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of the video game, Borderlands.
According to Variety, Jack Black will be joining an A-list cast, which includes the likes of Cate Blanchett that is set to play as vault hunter Lilith, Curtis will be playing Dr. Patricia Tannis who is an archaeologist on Pandora, and Kevin Hart as the skilled soldier, Rolland.
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Gearbox Software launched Borderlands as an open-world action RPG franchise back in 2009 that has become successful enough to spawn several sequels and beloved by gamers alike. Fans can’t wait to see what the live-action adaptation will look like.
Jack Black Heads To The Borderlands
The Borderlands movie will be directed by Eli Roth, who recently directed the family comedy The House With a Clock in Its Walls, and he will be reuniting with Blanchett and Black as collaborators.
“I am so excited to reunite with Jack, this time in the recording booth,” Roth said. “Claptrap is the funniest character in the game, and Jack is perfect to bring him to the big screen.”
Claptrap is perhaps Borderlands’ most recognizable character, known for his hilarious and downright obnoxious personality. The robot has a sense of humor that helps provide some relief in what is already a bleak and depressing atmosphere that is Pandora.
Jack Black is without a doubt the best choice to bring Claptrap’s comedic relief to the big screen. He is no stranger to the recording booth as his most iconic voice acting role was as Po from the Kung Fu Panda series from Dreamworks . The President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Nathan Kahane, said that choosing Jack Black to play as Claptrap was “one of the biggest no-brainer casting decisions we’ve ever made.”
“We couldn’t have been more in sync with our filmmakers and casting executives as we approached this role,” Kahane said. “Everyone who’s ever played the game knows Jack is perfect for this part. We’re thrilled he will add his endless comic energy and voice to our film — he’ll bring so much to the movie.”
Gearbox Software launched Borderlands as an open-world action RPG franchise back in 2009 that has become successful enough to spawn several sequels and beloved by gamers alike. The script for the film is being written by Craig Mazin, who created the acclaimed HBO miniseries, Chernobyl. Avi Arad and Arad of Arad Production will be producing the film with Erik Feig through Picturestar. Also joining as executive producer is the founder and executive producer of the Borderlands video game franchise, Randy Pitchford.
At this time, there is no release window for the film as it is still in the early stages of development. Borderlands has been in production since 2015 and there has been no plot details revealed yet, so It’s hard to say if the movie will adapt one of the game’s stories or will be an original story set in the Borderlands’ series. Here to hoping we get to see Jack Black take a crack at showing off Claptrap’s beatboxing skills against the psychos.