Jack Black is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Minecraft movie, sources tell Deadline. Based on the wildly popular sandbox game from Mojang/Microsoft, the film will star Jason Momoa in a currently undisclosed lead role. We’ve heard that Jack Black will play a very important role, possibly as the star.
As reported first by Deadline, Black is said to be in line to portray Steve, the iconic blocky player character synonymous with the Minecraft universe. Plot details remain firmly under wraps, with writing credits still to be determined. We know that Minecraft Steve is the big character in the game, but the movie may take place from someone else’s point of view, which would lead Black as a co-star.
Directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite), the Minecraft movie is a joint production between Warner Bros., Vertigo Entertainment, and Legendary Pictures. Mojang/Microsoft and Momoa’s own On the Roam production company are also involved. Joining Black and Momoa are actresses Emma Myers (Wednesday), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), and Sebastian Eugene Hansen.
Black comes off the heels of his villainous turn as Bowser in the 2023 hit The Super Mario Bros. Movie, which grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide. He also recently received his third Golden Globe nomination for co-writing and performing the film’s original song Peaches.
We’re hoping for more details with time, but from what we’ve seen, Black is great at representing video game characters and animation in general. Seeing him as Minecraft Steve will likely be something that will bring many gamers and fans alike.
Minecraft is the best-selling video game of all time, with over 300 million copies sold and nearly 140 million active players every month. The film adaptation boasts an impressive production team, including producers Roy Lee, Jon Berg, Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Momoa, Torfi Frans Olafsson, Vu Bui, and the late Jill Messick.