A recent development on The Minecraft Movie states that Primetime Emmy nominee Sydney Sweeney has been offered a lead role. Should the actress accept, she will be joining actor Jason Momoa for the live-action adaptation of the popular sandbox video game to be directed by Jared Hess.
The best-selling video game in history will finally get its live-action movie adaptation starring Momoa, with Warner Bros securing April 4, 2025, as its release date. The Hollywood Reporter recently posted the changes in WB’s target dates for several titles. The announcement also came stating that the director of the 2004 comedy Napoleon Dynamite, Jared Hess, will be at The Minecraft Movie’s helm.
It is only natural that by now, casting news and updates will surface about a movie set to hit theatres in two years. Considering that principal photography and filming completion can take months, then add the time it will take to finish the complex CGI needed for the movie. We’re even expecting that the date might get pushback for a few notches when the time comes.
The Minecraft Movie Might Just Get Sydney Sweeney On Board
According to Giant Freakin Robot, The Minecraft Movie has its eye on Sydney Sweeney to be part of its lead cast. We know the main characters of the video game are Steve and Alex. However, production has not even officially stated the character that Momoa would be portraying. The direction of the movie is still deeply buried under obsidian blocks. We need a diamond pickaxe to dig through.
Markus “Notch” Persson created the game in the Java programming language under Mojang Studios before the 2010s. By 2011, Jens “Jeb” Bergensten took over the game development after Notch stepped down. Minecraft is a top-selling video game with over 238 million copies sold. As of 2021, it had 140 million monthly active players across several platforms.
Because of its simplistic yet engaging gameplay, many were surprised at how immersive the world is. Players ended up spending hours on end exploring the world randomly generated in the game. The game itself evolved in different ways. Primarily commendable is its readiness to be a teaching tool in education. Thus, the game bridged many generations of players and introduced them to many forms of digital play.
When Microsoft acquired Mojang and Minecraft, it only expanded its reach further with spin-offs in titles Minecraft: Story Mode, Minecraft Dungeons, Minecraft Earth, and the upcoming Minecraft Legends.
The Minecraft Movie Saves Chunks For Sydney Sweeney
Sydney Sweeney is one of the most successful actors of her generation. Her performances in Euphoria and White Lotus earned her a nomination for Primetime Emmys as Best Supporting Actress. She will soon appear as Julia Carpenter in Sony Pictures’ Madame Web, slated for a 2024 release. Sweeney will also appear in other upcoming productions, namely Immaculate and Echo Valley.
Neither is she slowing down behind the camera. Since forming her production company Fifty-Fifty in 2020, Sweeney has dived deeper into the industry as a producer. Apart from Immaculate and an Untitled Sony Pictures project with Glen Powell, she is also keen on remaking Barbarella, the campy cult-classic that launched Jane Fonda to alluring stardom in the 1960s.
Whether or not her Fifty-Fifty banner will include the live-action adaptation of the video game as one of its projects in the future is still also not certain. However, we don’t rule out the possibility that Sweeney would take part in producing, not only acting, in the film.
With the many iterations of the video game as well as stories within stories that people told about their experiences playing and discovering in the game, the possibilities are endless. Minecraft has great potential to become a whole cinematic universe if written correctly.
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