Borderlands Movie Casts Actor Who’s Actually Funny To Play Claptrap, Which Feels Off

Borderlands Movie Casts Actor Who’s Actually Funny To Play Claptrap, Which Feels Off
I guess I can see it. (Claptrap image c/o Gearbox) (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain, Getty Images)

Jumanji and Orange County star Jack Black has joined the cast of the Borderlands movie, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

Black, who will be playing Borderlands’ perennial robotic sidekick and ostensible comic relief Claptrap, is the latest actor to sign onto the project after Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, and Jamie Lee Curtis. Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin is penning the script.

“I am so excited to reunite with Jack, this time in the recording booth,” Borderlands director Eli Roth said. “Claptrap is the funniest character in the game, and Jack is perfect to bring him to the big screen.”

I have to say, grabbing Jack Black makes some sense, apart from the fact that he is very funny and cool and Claptrap is, well, not. I’m starting to fear that I might actually like this movie.


  • Why not try to secure one of the original video game voice over actor for a full CGI character?

    Will be a huge disconnect hearing Kung Fu pandas voice come out from that broken robot.

    • It’s such an obvious thing to do that it really makes me wonder why they didn’t. With all the ‘actual real human’ casting they’ve already done it’s not like they needed more star power to draw audiences.

  • I’d point out that Jamie Lee Curtis is “actually funny” too, and while I think she’s too old to play Tannis (unless they’re going with some kind of next-gen vault hunter story … although with the current casting for Roland and Lilith that makes no sense) JLC could make for an acceptably bat-shit insane Tannis.

  • This is probably the first movie, Video game related or not, that has me face palming myself harder and harder with every casting announcement. Isn’t it bad enough that Eli Roth is directing it and it will most certainly suck given his piss poor track record that the studios want to absolutely make sure this sucks as hard as it can by making sure the cast are so poorly picked as well?

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