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Jack Black Cast as Claptrap for the Borderlands Movie

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The cherished comedy actor and rockstar virtuoso will be providing the voice for the snarky and overenthusiastic automaton Claptrap in Eli Roth’s upcoming film adaptation of the Borderlands game series. Claptrap comes from a line of general purpose robots which serve as stewards of the mysterious planet called Pandora. A group of colonists called Vault Breakers run into Claptrap while hunting for rich minerals on Pandora and decide that the robot would be of use to them, despite Claptrap’s frequent bragging and annoying presence.

Jack Black is a great casting choice as he possesses a quirky quality befitting the character. “I am so excited to reunite with Jack, this time in the recording booth,” director Eli Roth said to Deadline. “Claptrap is the funniest character in the game, and Jack is perfect to bring him to the big screen.” Eli Roth had previously worked with Black for his 2018 film The House with a Clock in its Walls.

Lionsgate’s Borderlands movie continues to make headlines because of its bold casting choices. Besides Jack Black as Claptrap, the ensemble cast so far contains Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, and Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Tannis. The gaming community has expressed some skepticism about these casting choices, but there are signs this cast will deliver a fantastic product since a number of them have worked together before. 

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Cate Blanchett also starred in The House with a Clock in its Walls alongside Black, and their performance together in the film was considered one of its biggest highlights. Kevin Hart and Jack Black exhibited outstanding comedic chemistry when they shared the screen together in the latest Jumanji installments. Taking these factors into consideration no doubt will make the Borderlands film an entertaining thrill ride.

Borderlands is expected to begin filming this year in Budapest Hungary. Craig Mazin, creator of HBO’s Chernobyl, will be in charge of writing the film’s screenplay. Coincidentally, Mazin will also be contributing his writing talents to HBO’s live-action The Last of Us series, another adaptation of a beloved video game franchise. With all of these high-budget adaptations in the works, Hollywood may finally be seeing the potential in the storytelling aspect of video games.

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