Borderlands Movie Adds Kevin Hart as Roland, Not Claptrap

The Borderlands gets its Roland. In a somewhat surprising move, they're going with funnyman Kevin Hart as the stoic soldier.

The Borderlands movie has been swirling around for a while now. Last year, we learned that Cate Blanchett was joining the cast as Lilith, and today brought even more surprising news. It’s not so much that Kevin Hart is going to be in this Borderlands movie. Instead, I just can’t believe he’s not playing Claptrap. The actor is making a bit of a shift from his usual gig and taking on the more serious role of Roland. Give the announcement a look below.

Before you accuse me of making jokes about Kevin Hart’s height, let me assure you that I’m absolutely doing that. However, it’s just also odd to have someone who has built an entire career around being a joke-every-second character, and now he’s playing the stoic Roland. It’s just a weird move, is all I’m saying. Like, if he was moving to a serious role in some kind of biopic, I’d get it. You gotta branch out in Hollywood if you want that Oscar. But you aren’t winning a golden statue as Roland from Borderlands.

Hopefully, the plan here is to bring in someone like Morgan Freeman or Adam Driver in as Claptrap. That would just perfectly complete this incredibly weird casting choice. I do want to be clear though, I think Hart can absolutely nail the character. I’m just baffled by the decision because it’s so far from the characters I expect him to take on.

We don’t yet know when the Borderlands movie will release. That said, Borderlands 3 is available for your gaming pleasure on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Ricky Frech

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