Steve Carell in talks to join 'Minecraft' movie at Warner Bros

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Warner Bros is get­ting close to mak­ing the first big cast­ing for its "Minecraft" movie: Steve Carell. Carell is in talks to join the ensem­ble of the stu­dio's big-screen adap­ta­tion of the pop­u­lar video game. Rob McEl­hen­ney is on board to di­rect the pic. McEl­hen­ney also penned the lat­est draft with "Won­der Woman" scribe Ja­son Fuchs. Warner Bros had no comment on the cast­ing.

Warner Bros ac­quired film rights to the video game fran­chise in Fe­bru­ary from Swedish de­vel­oper Mo­jang AB and set up the project with Roy Lee through his Ver­tigo En­ter­tain­ment pro­duc­tion com­pany, along with Jill Mes­sick ("Mean Girls"). The game, which de­buted in 2009, al­lows play­ers to cre­ate their own avatars and build an en­vi­ron­ment us­ing tex­tured cubes in a 3D world as they bat­tle noc­tur­nal mon­sters. Mul­ti­ple game­play modes are avail­able, in­clud­ing sur­vival mode, cre­ative mode, and ad­ven­ture mode. The movie is set to bow on May 25, 2019.

In re­cent years, Carell has bal­anced high-pro­file com­mer­cial films like "Crazy Stupid Love" and "An­chor­man 2" with pres­tige movies like "Fox­catcher" and "The Big Short." The lat­ter earned Carell some of the best re­views of his ca­reer. Carell was most re­cently seen in Woody Allen's "Cafe So­ci­ety" and re­cently wrapped pro­duc­tion on Fox Search­light's "Bat­tle of the Sexes," where he played Bobby Riggs op­po­site Emma Stone, who played Bil­lie Jean King.

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