After nearly two decades, Jack Black is reuniting with Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess on his new film. The two last collaborated on 2006’s Nacho Libre, and now, as reported by Deadline, Black has officially joined the cast of the Minecraft movie.
Black is rumored to play Steve, one of the game’s two starting characters (the other being the default female character, Alex). Black joins Jason Momoa, Danielle Brooks, Emma Myers and Sebastian Eugene Hansen. After landing roles as Bowser in The Super Mario Bros Movie and Claptrap in the upcoming Borderlands movie, Black is quickly becoming the king of video game adaptations.
Released in 2011, Minecraft has become the best-selling video game in history, shipping over 300 million copies worldwide, and it remains a popular game for queer streamers like Aimsey and Eret. Despite this, the Minecraft movie has long proved an elusive project.
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The film has been in some form of development since 2014, changing hands between several directors. First to be attached to the project was Night at the Museum’s Shawn Levy. Then came It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Rob McElhenney, pushing for a Goonies-style adventure story. With The Path’s Peter Sollett later taking over, we even got a brief synopsis, but this too fell through the cracks.
The film’s story has also never quite been nailed down. The original Minecraft is what it sounds like—a sandbox game where players, well… mine and craft. In 2015 Telltale Games released Minecraft: Story Mode, a narrative adventure game where the customizable character Jesse and a group of adventurers seek the Order of the Stone to save the Overworld. It is unclear whether this will have any bearing on the film’s plot, but there has been some overlap with previous movie rumors.
Sollett’s version of the Minecraft movie, according to IMDB, followed “a teenage girl and her unlikely group of adventurers” who save the Overworld from the Ender Dragon. As for Hess’s version, writers have not yet been credited to the film. If Hess’s other projects are anything to go by, the film is likely going to be an offbeat, comedic take on the already silly video game.
While we wait for news on the Minecraft movie, fans can catch Black in Borderlands on August 9.
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