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Borderlands movie filming wraps, offers first (real) look at Claptrap

Yep, that’s Claptrap!

A photo of a Claptrap model from the Borderlands movie Photo: Lionsgate
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Filming on the movie adaptation of Gearbox’s Borderlands has wrapped, and fans get their first real clear look at the film’s version of Claptrap, the sassy robot who will be voiced by Jack Black.

Borderlands enthusiasts got a look at much of the cast earlier this month, when actor Jamie Lee Curtis (she plays Tannis in the film) posted a series of photos of characters in silhouette. We’re still waiting for clear, honest-to-goodness images of Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, Ariana Greenblatt as Tiny Tina, Florian Munteanu as Krieg, and Curtis’ Tannis. But for now, here’s a very game-accurate look at Claptrap in physical form:

Filling out the Borderlands movie cast are Janina Gavankar as Commander Knoxx, Edgar Ramirez as Atlas, Olivier Richters as Krom, Benjamin Byron Davis as Marcus, Charles Babalola as Hammerlock, Cheyenne Jackson as Jakobs, Gina Gershon as Moxxi, Steven Boyer as Scooter, Ryann Redmond as Ellie, and Haley Bennett as an original character.

Eli Roth (Hostel, The House With the Clock in its Walls) is directing Borderlands for Lionsgate. Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, The Hangover Part 2 and 3) wrote the script. The film does not have a release date, but is expected to hit movie theaters in 2022.

The original Borderlands was released in 2009. Gearbox’s looter-shooter RPG tells the story of a group of intergalactic mercenaries on the world of Pandora who search for a vault of alien technology, battling alien indigenous creatures and the scavengers who still occupy the planet. Borderlands has spawned multiple mainline sequels, as well as the spinoff episodic adventure Tales from the Borderlands. Gearbox’s most recent entry, Borderlands 3, was released in September 2019.

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