We first heard reports of a Borderlands movie last year, which will be directed by Eli Roth. There hasn’t been much in terms of development since. But 11 months later, the people behind the film has decided on who to play Roland: Kevin Hart.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Roth as saying “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”. Which is a very accurate description of the disparity between Roland as a character and Kevin Hart as an actor.
For context, Roland is the Soldier-class character for the first Borderlands game. He’s generally a stoic, serious and no-nonsense character. Which is the opposite of what Kevin Hart is famous for. And that’s before we get to the physical differences. But Roth is confident that Kevin is “going to be an amazing Roland”.
At any rate, this makes the second character getting cast for the Borderlands movie. The first was Cate Blanchett, who will play the role of the Siren Lilith. Considering only two of the four main playable characters have been cast, never mind the villains and side characters, it’s going to be a while before the film gets released.