Actor Jack Black has assured fans that he’s not done with video-game movies just yet. Taking to social media on Tuesday, the 54-year-old star shared a photo of himself engrossed in “Minecraft Basics for Dummies,” solidifying rumors about his involvement in the upcoming film adaptation of the popular game.
“An actor prepares,” Black captioned the post, accompanied by a selfie showcasing his preparation for the role. Among the notable reactions in the comments section was from Black’s longtime Tenacious D bandmate and friend, Kyle Gass, who humorously suggested he might need to pick up a copy of the book. Kel Mitchell expressed his excitement with a simple “Awesomeness,” while Emile Hirsch issued a playful caution, urging Black to be careful due to the game’s reputed addictive nature.
Details surrounding the plot of the Jared Hess-directed Minecraft film are being kept tightly under wraps, according to Deadline. However, the cast includes Jason Momoa, Emma Myers, Danielle Brooks, and Sebastian Eugene Hansen, with a slated release year of 2025, as listed on IMDb.
Black, who recently voiced the villain Bowser in “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” achieved remarkable success as the animated film became the highest-grossing video-game movie of all time, amassing a staggering $1.36 billion at the worldwide box office within a week of its April 2023 release. Not resting on his laurels, Black is set to reprise his role as the titular Po in the fourth installment of the popular Kung-Fu Panda franchise, scheduled for release on March 8.
Black revealed that portraying Bowser was an “instant no-brainer” for him. He expressed his deep connection with the Nintendo Universe, particularly citing his fond memories of Donkey Kong and the allure of playing Super Mario Bros. with his children.
Black admitted to being “pretty darn good” at the Mario Kart series, confidently stating that for the average player, he would “clean up” and emerge victorious.