Dune and Justice League star Jason Momoa is reportedly in talks to star in the Minecraft movie, which Warner Bros. hopes will develop into a feature-length franchise.
Momoa is in final negotiations with Warner Bros. about what is expected to be the lead role in her Minecraft project. The Hollywood Reporter. Jared Hess, director Napoleon Dynamiteis now set to direct the film as he searches for his cast.
The news of Momoa’s involvement instantly raised the possibility of him playing Minecraft protagonist Steve, but it’s unclear how much of the production will depend on the video game.
It is known that Lydia Winters and Wu Bui of Mojang will be working as producers along with Mary Parent of Dunes and Roy Lee.
Depending on how Minecraft works, Warner Bros. could make a video game adaptation the first of a film series.
This would solidify the studio’s lineup of major adaptations such as DC Comic projects such as Wonder Woman, Shazam, Justice League and more.
It also signals that Warner Bros. has picked up on the popular trend of video game adaptations, which has already led to mainstream projects such as Sonic the Hedgehog and series Halo from Paramount.
As for Momoa, if Minecraft accepts him, it could be his next big franchise after his role as Aquaman and an appearance in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune.
Warner Bros. has been working on the Minecraft project for years, and the Mojang developers at one time were expecting a March 4, 2022 release date for the adaptation.
It’s unknown how much of the game’s events will play into the Minecraft feature film project, so we’ll just have to wait and see what Warner Bros. invent for its main character.