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The adaptation of the popular video game franchise that will star Cate Blanchett and is directed by Eli Roth, Kevin Hart has officially joined the cast of “Borderlands”.

Hart was first speculated to be interested in the Illuminerdi film back in December, and after months of talks, his contract has now closed. In what would be a more dramatic turn for the comedian, Hart will play Roland, a competent ex-soldier turned mercenary.

“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.”

Borderlands” is based on Gearbox Software and publisher 2K’s PC and console trilogy.” The series is a visceral first-person shooter and role-playing game featuring four “Vault Hunters” on a world named Pandora who, in their search for a secret vault suspected to contain sophisticated alien technologies, battle against local bandits and marauders.

The ‘Borderlands’ games have sold 66 million copies worldwide, including more than 24 million ‘Borderlands 2’ units, the highest-selling title in 2K history. Launched in September 2019, the most recent installment, “Borderlands 3,” was released recently for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Borderlands 3″ sold more than 11 million units worldwide and received the award at Gamescom 2019 for Best Multiplayer Game and Gamescom 2020 for Best Ongoing Game.”

The new draft of the script for the movie “Borderlands” is by Craig Mazin of “Chernobyl.” Via their Arad Productions banner, Avi Arad and Ari Arad produce, with Erik Feig also producing through Picturestart.

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Randy Pitchford, executive producer of the “Borderlands” video game series and founder of Gearbox Entertainment Group, and Strauss Zelnick, chairman and CEO of Take-Two Interactive, are the executive producers of the film.

On behalf of Lionsgate, James Myers and Aaron Edmonds are leading the launch. For Arad Productions, Emmy Yu is supervising the film. The Picturestart project is being overseen by Lucy Kitada and Royce Reeves-Darby.

After his stand-up special “Zero F***s Given” was viewed by 21 million homes in its first four weeks and was one of the most watched stand-up shows on the service, Hart recently signed a major film contract with Netflix to star in and produce at least four films. He’ll also feature in Sony’s “The Man From Toronto.”

Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate. Hart is represented by 3 Arts, UTA, Viewpoint and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

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