Borderlands movie casts Kevin Hart as Roland and some fans are not thrilled

Everything we know about the Borderlands movie so far

Kevin Hart cast as Roland in Lionsgate's Borderlands movie

In January 2021, Kevin Hart officially joined the cast of Lionsgate’s Borderlands movie.

What is Kevin Hart’s role in the Borderlands movie?

Kevin Hart will portray the role of Roland, a skilled soldier-turned-mercenary in the Eli Roth-directed movie. The news of Hart’s casting came eight months after Cate Blanchett was cast as Lilith, a siren and legendary thief equipped with magical skills.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin,” said Roth in a statement. “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.”

Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, added: “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.”

In an Instagram post, Hart confirmed his casting, writing: “This is a BIG one….So excited to be working with Cate Blanchett & Eli Roth on such an amazing project. ‘Borderlands’ …..Wooooooow. God is gooooooood!!!!! Let’s goooooooo #HustleHart.”

How did the fans of the Borderland video game react to Kevin Hart’s casting?

While a lot of people are happy about Hart joining the project, some fans of the video game series don’t think he’s fit for the role.

In fact, a number of Twitter users think Hart would be more fitting as the voice of Claptrap, an overenthusiastic robot that brags frequently yet also expresses loneliness and cowardice.

Though Roland is a more serious acting turn for Hart who is known for his comedic chops, some fans are giving him the chance to prove that he can pull off the role.

What is the Borderlands movie about?

As mentioned above, the Borderlands movie is a live-action adaptation of the popular video game series of the same name. Set in the distant future, the film follows four “Vault Hunters” who travel to the distant planet Pandora to hunt down an alien vault rumored to contain advanced alien technology. The screenplay was co-written by Eli Roth (Cabin Forever) and Joe Crombie.

In January 2023, Lionsgate, which will distribute the movie, released the official synopsis for the film, which you can read below:

“Lilith, an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas. Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland, a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina, a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg, Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis, the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap, a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.”

You can watch the trailer for the film below:

Borderlands (2024) Official Trailer - Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Jack Black

Who are the cast of the Borderlands movie?

In addition to Kevin Hart and Cate Blanchett, Borderlands also stars Jack Black as the voice of Claptrap, Edgar Ramírez as Atlas, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg, Gina Gershon as Mad Moxxi, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Patricia Tannis, Bobby Lee as Larry, Olivier Richters as Krom, Janina Gavankar as Commander Knoxx, Cheyenne Jackson as Jakobs, Charles Babalola as Hammerlock, Benjamin Byron Davis as Marcus, Steven Boyer as Scooter, Ryann Redmond as Ellie, Harry Ford as Middleman, and Haley Bennett in an undisclosed role.

What is the release date of the Borderlands movie?

Borderlands is set to hit U.S. theaters on August 9, 2024. You can sign up on Fandago to get alerted when you can secure a ticket for the film.

What to know about the Borderlands video game?

Launched in 2009, Borderlands is a role-playing first-person shooter game created and developed by Gearbox Software and published by Take-Two Interactive Software’s 2K label. The game is set on the planet of Pandora, which has been abandoned by a mega-corporation prior to the game events. There are already four installments in the main video game series: Borderlands (2009), Borderlands 2 (2012), Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (2014), and Borderlands 3 (2019). Additionally, the franchise has also released spinoff games, soundtracks, comic series, novels, and tabletop games.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Variety
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