We might be seeing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the Borderlands movie as Claptrap. Creative Director Paul Sage discussed this in a recent interview with VG247.
A Borderlands movie is currently being developed with film studio Lionsgate. Venom producer Avi Arad will be reportedly overseeing the project. According to Full Circle, the film takes inspiration from the source material but it will feature a new female protagonist.
But we can expect other fan-favorite characters from the series to return for the movie outing. This includes the fast-talking little yellow robot companion, Claptrap.
Sage went on to reveal to VG247 which A-list actor would be his dream casting for the Borderlands movie. When we put forward the all-important question of who could play Claptrap on-screen, Sage considers, “Who could play Claptrap? Our audio guys would tell you, ‘Hey, we can make anybody Claptrap!”
But after a beat of deliberation, Sage is definitive: “I think The Rock. Yeah, The Rock has to play Claptrap!”
Scott Kester, Art Director on Borderlands 3, had this to say when told that Sage wanted to see Johnson as Claptrap: “Do you mean as a voice or dressed up? Because if he was dressed up, I agree with him completely.”
As we don’t know yet whether the Borderlands film will be animated or live-action, we couldn’t confirm.
In that case, Kester says, “I’m gonna go with Bill Murray. Yeah! That’s who I want to play Claptrap.”
“Maybe he’d finally get an Oscar,” he adds.
It’s a good year for Borderlands fans as news about the latest installment has also been greatly revealed. The franchise is known for its humorous and almost outrageous lines. Borderlands 3 is supposed to be taking that ahead. It will be focusing on its narrative.
But that doesn’t mean the gameplay will suffer. It will offer the usual different gun combinations that define Borderlands 3.
Borderlands 3 will be out on the 13th of September, 2019 on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One. It might also just feature crossplay.