The live-action Borderlands movie has picked up another big name with Kevin Hart set to play Roland, joining Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett who will be playing Lilith, a character who appeared in the very first game, with Eli Roth is directing the movie. He has previously worked with the actress in the film “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”
If you’re expecting another jape filled adventure now that Kevin Hart has joined the cast then prepare for a shock, according to The Hollywood Reporter this will be a “serious acting turn for the star.”
“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin,” said Roth in a statement to THR. “Borderlands is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they’ve never seen before. He’s going to be an amazing Roland.”
“Kevin has been behind some of the world’s biggest blockbusters, and our source material is inspired by one of the world’s best-selling video games. We love the way our filmmaking team has adapted this story, and we couldn’t be in better creative hands,” adds Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.
Back in June 2019 Full Circle reported that Lilith will be the main protagonist in the movie but it’s unlikely Kevin Hart will be taking a backseat. A plot summary was also released last year.
The movie will find Lilith in the Atlas Corporation space prison when the CEO gives her the chance to earn her freedom by rescuing his daughter, the foul-mouthed Tiny Tina, on the planet Pandora. The mission takes an unexpected turn when it becomes clear that the little girl is the key to unlocking a valuable alien vault that Atlas wants all for itself.
Joining her on the adventure is the previously mentioned Claptrap, Tina’s bodyguard Krieg, and a group of vault hunters (it is unclear if they will be established game characters).
The film has been in development for a good few years and was announced way a back in 2015.