Minecraft | New faces added to film, as production set to restart

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Jason Momoa headlines the Minecraft film, which is finally going to be filming in New Zealand later this month.

One of the many, many films that was going before the cameras just as strike action brought Hollywood to a standstill is the long mooted film of the videogame Minecraft.

The film’s been in on-off development for the best part of a decade, but it’s finally set to shoot in New Zealand. Jared Hess, he of Napoleon Dynamite, is the director of the feature, and Jason Momoa is taking on one of the lead roles. They’d rocked up in New Zealand with prep well underway, and have been in limbo since.

The delay in filming has resulted in a slight rejigging of the cast, although Momoa is still heading up the ensemble for it. Joining him now for it, though, is Danielle Brooks and Sebastian Eugene Hansen. Deadline reports that the former is taking on the role of Dawn, while the latter will be playing Henry. We have no idea who Dawn and Henry are in the context of the Minecraft film, but you won’t find them in the game itself.

Warner Bros and Legendary are financing the picture, and been targeting a release in 2025. That may still be possible too, and the plan now is to get cameras rolling on the film – at last – by the end of this month.

It’s going to be live action, with inevitably a fair amount of CG work required to bring the block world of Minecraft to life on the screen. That should still leave the necessary wiggle room to his an April 4th 2025 release date, which is what Warner Bros is currently gunning for.

Given the number of hurdles Minecraft has had to negotiate to get this far, there’s still room for doubt. But it does, finally, look as though the film is going to be pressing forward. More as we hear it.

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