‘Borderlands’ is one of the most popular first-person shooting games on the market. Its loot-driven multiplayer co-op gameplay, sci-fi Western setting, and sense of humor have made it a staple in the gaming community.
It came as no surprise that it would get a movie adaption. ‘Central Intelligence’ actor Kevin Hart has been cast as Roland, a stoic soldier from the first game. In an interview with Collider, he shed some light on some of the film’s content and even a bit of the future.
“Once again, it’s all about the shock factor,” Hart explained. “This is me stepping into action full speed ahead, no comedy. I’m responsible for the action.”
Hart also discussed a conversation he had with director Eli Roth on the importance of how Roland is portrayed.
“(Roth) said, ‘Kevin, if you tell me that you can show up prepared and that you want to come in and knock this out, then you’re my guy.’ So I went, I did some training with some Navy SEALS, I got real good with weapons, I got real good with my hand-to-hand combat,” the ‘Die Hart’ actor said. “And the experience here in Budapest filming Borderlands has been unreal. Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis, myself, Flo [Munteanu], Ariana [Greenblatt]… I mean, our cast is unreal. He truly is knocking this movie out the park. And I can say visually, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.”
Hart also hinted that there might be future films if ‘Borderlands’ is successful.
“Somehow I find myself in these spaces where you get a part of these IPs that are hitting the big screen and have the potential to become so much more,” he said. “‘Borderlands,’ nobody knows what to expect, but if this thing comes and it smacks people correctly, you could be looking at ‘Borderlands 2,’ ‘Borderlands 3.’ It’s that good.”
Borderlands also stars Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Jamie Lee Curtis as Patricia Tannis, Jack Black as Claptrap, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Édgar Ramírez, Janina Gavankar, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, and Penn Jillette. Filming officially began on April 1, 2021, through Lionsgate.
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