The already heavy on the star-wattage upcoming movie Borderlands – which to date has added to their roster such popular and bankable actors as Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, The Fog), Kevin Hart (This Is the End, Night School) and Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, The Talented Mr. Ripley) – has just added one more bright and shining light in the form of actor Jack Black.
Variety reported today that Black, an actor in movies such as High Fidelity and King Kong, has just signed along the dotted line to voice the character of Claptrap in the upcoming film adaptation of the popular video game Borderlands. His character is that of a sardonic robot who is more than a little bit checked out when it comes to the ultimate fate of his team members.
Borderlands is an uber-popular role-playing shooter video game series that’s captured the imagination of the public since 2009. Scribe Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) is behind the latest draft for the upcoming adaptation.
Directing Borderlands will be a name familiar to most fans of the horror genre, Eli Roth (Hostel, Knock Knock). In a statement, Roth spoke of his fondness for Black who he previously worked with while directing the 2018 film The House with a Clock in Its Walls: “I am so excited to reunite with Jack, this time in the recording booth. Claptrap is the funniest character in the game, and Jack is perfect to bring him to the big screen.”
President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group (which will be producing Borderlands) Nathan Kahane issued a press release, reiterating Roth’s praises for Black, saying that casting the gifted comedic actor was “one of the biggest no-brainer casting decisions we’ve ever made. We couldn’t have been more in synch with our filmmakers and casting executives as we approached this role. 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.”
Watch this space for any further news about Borderlands!