Penn Jillette Brings a Touch of Magic to Eli Roth’s Borderlands Cast

First announced in 2015, the Borderlands movie, adapted from the bestselling video game series, has recently added another member to what is very rapidly becoming a sprawling and not to mention, ensemble cast of actors. As announced during an episode of Penn’s Sunday School podcast, magician and comedian Penn Jillette, of the duo Penn & Teller has joined the cast and will be flying to Budapest to shoot a few scenes for what Penn has described as a “very, very, very small part.”

Jillette’s acting career began with a role in 1985’s Savage Island, with other notable appearances in Penn & Teller Get Killed, Hackers, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and even a role in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No. As of this writing, the full details of Jillette’s character are unknown. However Penn did supply several small, tantalising details regarding his character: He’ll be appearing as a preacher officiating at a wedding. In true Borderlands style however, Jillette also added that there would be a fight (of course!) to interrupt the happy occasion, with the role culminating in Jillette’s as-yet-unnamed character finishing up in a “space paddywagon.”

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Penn Jillette will be joined by an impressive cast including Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Kevin Hart as Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Patricia Tannis and Jack Black, on voiceover duty as mono-wheeled robot Claptrap. The Borderlands series, created by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, began life in 2009 across multiple consoles, including the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows. Sequels and spin-offs have since followed across various forms of media including, but not limited to tabletop games, a comic series and even novels. Make no mistake; the lore of the Borderlands series is a rich vein to mine.

The Borderlands series of video games is predominantly set on the fictional planet of Pandora (with the exception of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel being set on Elpis, the moon of Pandora), a planet infested with bandits, mercenaries for nefarious interstellar corporations and all manner of dangerous alien wildlife. The plot, for the largest part involves self-styled “Vault Hunters” traveling to the planet of Pandora in order to seek, and breach it’s fabled Vault.

The series is famous not only for loot-based shooting, but also for unapologetic violence, irreverent humour and often downright insane cast of characters – both heroes and antagonists alike.

Filming on the Borderlands movie officially began very recently, on April 21st 2021. Eli Roth, best known for his work in the horror genre with films such as Cabin Fever, Hostel and Hostel 2 will direct a screenplay written by Craig Mazin. This feels like a perfect match, given that Mazin’s writing credits lean heavily into the comedy genre, including Scary Movie 3 and Scary Movie 4, along with The Hangover Part 2 and The Hangover Part 3.

While film adaptations of video games have a questionable success rate to say the least, the extremely talented cast of actors and actresses starring in this film should do plenty to raise expectations for this project. Roth and his penchant for full-force gore, directing Mazin’s script could very well capture the madcap tone of comedy and violence that is the staple of every Borderlands video game installment.

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