Jack Black will be joining fellow Jumanji alumni Kevin Hart in the upcoming adaptation of Gearbox’s Borderlands movie.
The comedian and Tenacious D lead-singer has been cast as the robot companion Claptrap. This is a brilliant casting choice. Claptrap is the source of a great deal of the game’s humor, and Black is a great fit. Their names even sort of rhyme.
Borderlands the movie is being directed by Eli Roth, who directed The House With A Clock In Its Walls, also starring Black alongside Cate Blanchett who has been cast as Lilith in the Borderlands film. Jaimie Lee Curtis will play Tannis, and Kevin Hart will play Roland in what is fast becoming a star-studded picture.
“I am so excited to reunite with Jack, this time in the recording booth,” he said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Claptrap is the funniest character in the game, and Jack is perfect to bring him to the big screen.”
Craig Mazin is writing the script for the movie, which has been in some form of production since 2015. Mazin is known for co-creating HBO’s critically acclaimed Chernobyl mini-series. He’s also co-writing the script for The Last Of Us which recently announced some interesting casting choices: The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal as Joel, and Game of Thrones’s Bella Ramsey. In fact, both actors were on Game of Thrones though not at the same time. Only one of them survived, however.
Kind of like in The Last Of Us.
In any case, while I’m normally a little trepidatious when it comes to adapting video games into movies, I’m actually really looking forward to Borderlands. I think a top-notch cast and a talented director will certainly help, but also the game itself just makes sense as a movie. It’s funny, action-packed, over-the-top and silly. You’d have to work hard to screw it up.