Steve Carell has dominated television and film for the better part of the past decade, so it only makes sense that he’d turn his attention to that third pillar of entertainment media: video games.
According to a report by Variety.com’s Justin Kroll, Carell is currently in talks with Warner Bros. to star as the lead in the upcoming Minecraft film. It is noted, however, that the studio hasn’t commented on the cast.
Minecraft, developed by Swedish developer Mojang, is a sandbox video game wherein players interact with a cube-based world they can dismantle to create new structures and worlds of their own. It was released in beta form in 2009 before seeing full release in 2011.
Carell is best known for his long-running role on NBC’s The Office, where he played bumbling regional manager Michael Scott. Before that, he was a featured correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
In recent years, Carell has moved into more dramatic work, garnering an Oscar nomination for his role in Foxcatcher. Most recently, he starred in Woody Allen’s latest film, Café Society.
Nothing on the plot has been revealed, though, ComicBook.com’s Charlie Ridgely has some speculations.
According to a report by Ridgely, there is a character named Steve in the game. While there is no specific story in the game, Steve is a featured character users can play as.
McElhenney was tapped last year to direct after Warner Bros. acquired the film’s rights in February 2015. He was revealed to be helming the film on Mojang’s website in July of 2015 after he appeared at MineCon in London.
Minecraft is slated for a May 25, 2019 release date.