Kevin Hart (Courtesy of Everett Collection)
Hart will play Roland, a skilled ex-soldier-turned-mercenary, in the Lionsgate film. Eli Roth, whose resume includes “The House With a Clock in its Walls” and Bruce Willis-led action thriller “Death Wish,” is directing “Borderlands.”
“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin,” said Roth. “‘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.”
Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President Nathan Kahane adds, “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.”
Though plot details have been kept under wraps, “Borderlands” is based on the role-playing shooter game that launched in 2009. The game, which has spawned several sequels, takes place on the planet of Pandora. Craig Mazin, who created the acclaimed HBO miniseries “Chernobyl,” wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.
Hart recently wrapped production on Sony’s action comedy “The Man From Toronto,” which also stars Woody Harrelson and Kaley Cuoco. Earlier in 2020, he filmed a drama titled “Fatherhood.” A certified box office draw, Hart’s recent big-screen credits include “Jumanji: The Next Level,” “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “The Upside” and “Night School.” His movies, including “Ride Along” and “Central Intelligence,” have generated more than $4 billion combined in global ticket sales.
Variety's Rebecca Rubin contributed to this post.