Jack Black to Play Claptrap in Borderlands Movie, Because of Course
As reported by Variety, Jack Black, the hit actor from movies such as School of Rock, King Kong, Kung Fu Panda, and Jumanji, and the lead singer of the band Tenacious D, has been cast as the voice of Claptrap in the upcoming Borderlands movie, the adaption of the hit video game of the same name.
Eli Roth will direct the upcoming Borderlands movie, with Aaron Berg and Craig Mazin writing the script. It will star Cate Blanchett as the magical siren Lilith, Kevin Hart as the stern soldier Roland, and Jamie Lee Curtis as the less than sane scientist, Tannis.
Jack Black will voice the robot Claptrap, a continuously upbeat, annoying, and ignorant cyborg who is never really helpful to anyone. He is there really to annoy the player and provide comic relief.
Variety reports that-
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.”
Borderlands is the 2009 role-playing, first-person shooter that has since gone on to spawn multiple sequels. It was developed by Gearbox Studios and published by 2K games. It was initially released back on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC but has since gotten a port to modern consoles and the Nintendo Switch. The franchise has seen mass success and gone on to sell tens of millions of copies.
The first Borderlands game’s story follows four strangers as they search for the legendary Vault on the planet Pandora. A place that is rumored to house unspeakable riches and power. The four vault hunters have to deal with other people looking for the Vault, the dangerous, alien wild-life, and the violent locals of Pandora. The planet is a desolate, violent hell-hole, and the game does a great job of portraying that.
The film has no release date, and no casting has been announced for other main characters such as Mordecai and Brick.