Magician Penn Jillette Has a Small Role in the Borderlands Movie
Magician Penn Jillette is no stranger to the Borderlands universe, having voiced one of the magical duo Pain and Terror in Borderlands 3 – but he’s also going to pop up in Eli Roth’s Borderlands movie too.
Revealed in Jillette’s Sunday School Podcast, Jillette announced that he would be taking to the big screen for a small role in the live action movie adaptation of the Borderlands universe. Whilst his previous work for the games was based on characters inspired by his magic act, Penn and Teller, the role in the movie looks to be more unique.
Jillette will be filming in Budapest, and plays a preacher overseeing a wedding. During the wedding, a fight breaks out (very Borderlands) and he ends up in a “space paddywagon”. Jillette makes clear that most of his scenes are with Kevin Hart, and the part isn’t much more than a cameo: “I have a very, very, very small part – I’m in like four scenes and I have like four lines.”
Borderlands has already received spin-off games and novels set in the Borderlands universe, such as Tales from the Borderlands, but this will be the first movie version that the franchise has seen. Borderlands 3 was the most recent instalment in the franchise, releasing in 2019.
The plot of the live action movie follows Cate Blanchett’s Lilith as she returns to Pandora to find the missing daughter of business tycoon Atlas. Teaming up with an assortment of Vault Hunters and miscreants, she will journey across Pandora to protect the girl from the planet’s various monsters and mysteries.
The live action Borderlands movie has gradually announced an all-star cast, including Kevin Hart as Roland, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Tannis, Cate Blanchett as Lilith, Gina Gershon as Moxxi, Janina Gavankar as Commander Knox, and Jack Black as Claptrap. The movie, loosely based on the games, is being directed by Eli Roth and scripted by Craig Maizin, and is due to be released in 2022.
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