It’s game on for Steve Carell. The Crazy, Stupid, Love and 40-Year-Old Virgin actor is in talks to star in Minecraft, Warner Bros’. movie based on the popular cube-centric videogame, EW has confirmed.
Carell would be the first major cast member to board the film, which is scheduled to hit theaters in May 2019. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Rob McElhenney is directing from a script he wrote with Jason Fuchs (Pan, Ice Age: Continental Drift).
Launched in 2009, Minecraft is an open-world game in which players create avatars, gather materials, build tools and structures, and cope with monsters and other perils. Plot details for the movie have yet to emerge.
Carell, who was last seen in Woody Allen’s Café Society, has apparently been keen on Minecraft for a while. In an interview at the 2013 South by Southwest festival, the actor told Geekscape (video below) he’d been exposed to the game by his son and would gladly take part in a big-screen adaptation. His other film projects in the works include Battle of the Sexes, Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, and Despicable Me 3.
Variety first reported the news.