2K Games has confirmed that Kevin Hart will play Roland in Lionsgate’s live-action movie adaptation of Borderlands. The Hollywood Reporter also claims that Hart was in negotiation to play the role for “months”. Eli Roth (Knock Knock) is directing the movie and Craig Mazin (Chernobyl) is handling the scripts. Cate Blanchett was the first star to sign on for the movie, Blanchett will play the role of Lilith.

Here’s what Roth had to say:

I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin. 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.

Here’s what Nathan Kahane, president of the Lionsgate, had to say:

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.

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