Steve Carell in talks to join ‘Minecraft’ movie

The comedy star might be joining the cast of Warner Bros. video game adaption

Steve Carell is likely to be the first star cast in a forthcoming movie based on hit video game Minecraft.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. are in talks with the comedy actor to play a role in their big screen adaption of the popular game. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator Rob McElhenney is already on board to direct and has co-written the script together with Wonder Woman scribe Jason Fuchs.

Minecraft, released in 2009 by Swedish developer Mojang, is a sandbox game that allows players to explore, as well as create, virtual 3D worlds made from Lego-like cubes. Some 106m copies of game have been sold by this summer, making it the bestselling PC game to date.

Following its PC release, Minecraft has rolled out to a number of platforms including consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well as mobile phones. The game has also been expanded with multiplayer, story and educational modes.

Warner Bros. acquired the movie rights from Mojang in February; the film is set for release in May 25, 2019.

Carell most recently starred in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and The Big Short.