Black voices Claptrap in the Borderlands movie, but was the original okay?

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I'm cool with it, but...

Well, it happened to this. The Borderlands movie was already on its way to stardom with Cate Blanchett, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Hart, but now it's adding another Hollywood actor to the mix: Black.

The Hollywood Reporter says the El Roth-directed film (Red Flags) will star none other than Black as Claptrap, the nervous robot sidekick. As the outlet points out, Black previously worked with Blanchett on the (very good) The House With A Clock In Its Walls, which wasted Kyle MacLachlan.

There's a lot to unpack here! Executive producer Randy Pitchford is clearly in favor of adding more star power to the mix, but the cast seems all over the place so far. We know David Eddings is probably out due to his Gearbox beef, but Jim Foronda has done a fantastic job of taking over in Borderlands 3. Claptrap is a relatively minor character and doesn't even require a screen presence, so the decision not to bring Foronda back is a little baffling.

I'm sure Black will be fine, and I can even imagine his modded robot screaming right now. And voice actors who are replaced by Hollywood actors are happening all the time. But the Borderlands movie already has a "too many cooks" feel to it, and I don't trust Eli Roth to deliver it. It's a waiting situation if I've ever seen one for a video game movie.

Black joins Cate Blanchett in 'Borderlands' movie [The Hollywood Reporter]

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