Variety reports that Jack Black has been cast in Borderlands, Lionsgate’s movie adaptation of the popular video game. He joins an A-list ensemble that includes Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Black will voice the role of Claptrap, a persistently sarcastic robot that isn’t all that invested in the survival of his teammates. Eli Roth, who previously collaborated with Black and Blanchett on the 2018 family comedy The House With a Clock in Its Walls, is directing Borderlands.
“I am so excited to reunite with Jack, this time in the recording booth,” Roth said. “Claptrap is the funniest character in the game, and Jack is perfect to bring him to the big screen.”
Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, says choosing Black for the role was “one of the biggest no-brainer casting decisions we’ve ever made.”