Jack Black has joined the Borderlands film forged as the robotic Claptrap, Lionsgate has introduced, alongside the beforehand introduced casting of Cate Blanchett as the legendary thief Lilith, Kevin Hart as the expert soldier Roland, and Jamie Lee Curtis as an archaeologist referred to as Tannis. Unlike the opposite three, Black may have a voice-only function (simply as Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel did for Rocket and Groot on Guardians of the Galaxy), as Claptrap is a small yellow robotic — one which’s change into the de facto mascot of Borderlands. Claptrap will help Lilith in rescuing the daughter of an interstellar mega-corporation’s CEO from the planet of Pandora.
Borderlands will reunite Black with each Blanchett and director Eli Roth, all of whom beforehand labored on the 2018 darkish fantasy movie The House with a Clock in Its Walls, and Hart, with whom he labored on the 2019 sequel Jumanji: The Next Level.
Roth referenced the previous film in his ready assertion following Black’s casting: “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.”
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group president Nathan Kahane added: “It’s one of the biggest no-brainer casting decisions we’ve ever made. 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.”
Black was final seen within the aforementioned Jumanji: The Next Level reverse Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, and Hart. His most well-known voice function to this point stays the lead panda function of Po within the Kung Fu Panda collection. Black has additionally voiced characters in Ice Age and Shark Tale, and will likely be subsequent heard within the Xbox Game Studios online game Psychonauts 2.
The Borderlands film is alleged to be loosely based mostly on the online game franchise of the identical title. Producers on the Borderlands film embody Avi Arad and Ari Arad for Arad Productions, and Erik Feig for Picturestart. Gearbox Entertainment Company founder and Borderlands franchise government producer Randy Pitchford and Take-Two Interactive chairman and CEO Strauss Zelnick serve as government producers.
Gearbox Software launched the open-world first-person motion RPG Borderlands franchise again in 2009 on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. Three extra entries have been launched since: 2012’s Borderlands 2, 2014’s Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and 2019’s Borderlands 3. Together, they’ve bought over 66 million copies.
The Hollywood Reporter carried Lionsgate’s official announcement.