Kevin Hart is joining the cast of Borderlands, a video game adaptation being directed by Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The House with a Clock in Its Walls).
The Lionsgate project is to be led by Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett, who is set to play video game character Lilith, from a small group of women with unbelievable powers. Hart is to play Roland, a stoic, gun-proficient ex-soldier-turned-mercenary.
Set in the distant future, Borderlands follows a team of “Vault Hunters” that travel to a distant planet in search of an alien vault that is said to hold advanced alien tech. The team soon find themselves taking on bandits and dangerous local wildlife as they verse the head of a private corporation to reach the vault first.
“This is a BIG one,” Hart posted on social media. “So excited to be working with Cate Blanchett & Eli Roth on such an amazing project.”
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“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin,” Roth said 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.”
A “different kind of role” for Hart is intriguing, considering he’s thus far stuck with a well-established comedic persona, although he did dabble with drama in 2017’s The Upside and will be leading his first altogether drama in upcoming true-story pic Fatherhood. Perhaps Borderlands will actually find him playing a tough guy and pushing the comedy to the back seat? We’ll see.
The most recent draft of Borderlands‘ screenplay comes from Craig Mazin, who created acclaimed HBO mini-series Chernobyl and is also behind HBO’s upcoming series adaptation of video game The Last of Us.