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Jason Momoa to star in live-action ‘Minecraft’ film

The Warner Bros film has been touted for nearly a decade

By Will Richards

Jason Momoa speaking at a ComicCon event
Jason Momoa. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wiki Commons)

‘Game Of Thrones’ star Jason Momoa is reportedly in “final negotiations” to lead Warner Bros’ long-touted live-action ‘Minecraft’ film.

The new film was first touted back in 2014, and has finally almost found its star in Momoa, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The report states that the film will be directed by Jared Hess, most famous for directing 2004’s ‘Napoleon Dynamite’. Across its near-decade of planning, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ star and creator Rob McElhenney has also been linked with the director’s role.

Among the film’s producers are Mary Parent (‘Dune’), Roy Lee and Jill Messick, the later of whom receives a posthumous credit for her initial work on the project before her death in 2018.

Lydia Winters and Vu Bui of Swedish studio Mojang – the creators of Minecraft – will also help with the film’s production.

Since its launch in 2011, Minecraft has welcomed over 100million users, with Microsoft purchasing Mojang for £2billion three years after the game’s launch.

Jason Momoa in 'Aquaman'
Jason Momoa in ‘Aquaman’ (Picture: Warner Bros)

Elsewhere, Momoa is set to star in an ‘Aquaman’ sequel, titled ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’. Last year, the actor opened up about the new injuries he sustained while filming the 2018 film’s follow-up.

Speaking on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ in October, the actor revealed he needed to get surgery after scratching his cornea while filming.

He said: “I’m getting old, is what’s happening. I messed up my eyes. I just got something in it that kinda cut it up, and then I’ve gotta get surgery. I have a hernia, I’ve got ribs out. I’m just getting beat up. 

“But it’s going to be a great movie, you’re gonna love it,” he told the audience.