Borderlands Movie: Kevin Hart officially joins the cast

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Kevin Hart has officially joined the cast of the film Borderlands. Hart was chosen as Roland, a character from the first two games Borderlands and The Pre-Sequel. The press release announcing Hart’s casting refers only to the fact that Roland is an “ex-soldier turned mercenary” who aligns with the character’s backstory in the game. In games, Roland has been honorably released from military unit, Crimson Lance, and turned to a life of loot hunting using shotguns, turrets and assault rifles.

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Hart will star in the film with Cate Blanchett as the mermaid-thief Lilith. The film will be directed by the hostel manager, Eli Roth. Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford is executive producer on the film.
“I am delighted to be working with Kevin,” Roth said in a press release. “Borderlands is a different kind of role for him, and we’re excited to wow audiences with a side of Kevin they’ve never seen before. He’s going to be an incredible Roland.

Hart is best known for his stand-up comedy, but has led the box office with several action-comedy films over the past decade, including the Jumanji films. Hart has also appeared in the Ride Along franchise with Ice Cube and Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson.The Borderlands movie will be written by Craig Mazin, who recently wrote the critically acclaimed Chernobyl miniseries. Mazin is currently developing a Last of Us miniseries for HBO.

The press release also announces that the Borderlands franchise has surpassed 66 million units sold worldwide. Borderlands 2 is the biggest game in the franchise with 24 million copies sold. The most recent title, Borderlands 3 of 2019, has sold over 11 million units.

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Roth also said he wanted to put the Borderlands cosplayers in the movie in order to honor the fans.
Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN. If Claptrap is in that movie, then I’m going to go check out one of the other dozen video game movies that are in theaters.

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