Live-action Minecraft Movie Officially Wrapped Filming

After several changes and developments, the Minecraft live-action movie has finally finished filming. It will be released next year! Let’s jump into all the details we have collected for you.

Live-Action Minecraft Movie: Production Update

In April 2024, Jason Momoa announced on Instagram that filming for the highly anticipated Minecraft movie had finally wrapped up. While the cameras have stopped rolling, there’s still a significant amount of work ahead, particularly in CGI, before the film debuts in theaters next year.


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Filming for the Minecraft movie was supposed to start in New Zealand on August 7, 2023. However, the shooting was delayed by strikes by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Eventually, filming began in January 2024 in New Zealand.

Release Date of the Live-Action Minecraft Movie

The Warner Brothers’ Minecraft movie is now scheduled for release on April 4, 2025, after several adjustments to its release date. Initially, under Rob McElhenney’s direction, it was set for May 24, 2019. After his departure and Peter Sollet’s taking over, the date changed to March 4, 2022. However, it was later removed from the release calendar. Let’s hope this time around the movie sticks to its schedule and arrives in theaters as planned.

Live-Action Minecraft Movie Officially Wrapped Filming
Live-Action Minecraft Movie Officially Wrapped Filming

Is There a Trailer?

We haven’t seen any promotional material for the Minecraft movie yet. A trailer will likely be dropped later since it’s still one year away from hitting theaters. The promotional campaigns usually start closer to the release date, so fans will have to wait a bit longer for sneak peeks and trailers.

The Cast of the Upcoming Movie

While there is no trailer or hint regarding what awaits us, we can still enjoy the revealed cast of the upcoming movie. Here’s everyone who has been seen or confirmed for the movie: 

  • Jason Momoa
  • Danielle Brooks as Dawn
  • Sebastian Eugene Hansen as Henry
  • Emma Myers 
  • Jack Black as Steve
  • Jennifer Coolidge
  • Kate McKinnon
  • Jemaine Clement

Jared Hess, known for his work on cult-favorite comedies like Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, is set to direct the Minecraft movie. The film boasts an impressive lineup of producers, including Jason Momoa, Roy Lee, Jon Berg, Mary Parent, Cale Boyter, Torfi Frans Olafsson, Vu Bui, and the late Jill Messick.

Live-Action Minecraft Movie Officially Wrapped Filming
Live-Action Minecraft Movie Officially Wrapped Filming


Behind the scenes of the Minecraft movie, there have been quite a few shakeups. Initially, Shawn Levy, known for directing films like Night at the Museum and Free Guy, was set to direct the movie. The script was penned by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, known for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. However, all three departed from the project in 2014 due to “creative differences” with Mojang, the videogame’s creators. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Levy described his vision for the movie as an adventure flick with “a bit of a Goonies flair.”

Almost two years later, news broke that Rob McElhenney was reportedly set to direct the Minecraft movie. He would also co-write the script with Jason Fuchs.

In a 2016 interview, producer Roy Lee described the Minecraft movie’s focus on player agency in a digital, open world. However, after a change in studio heads from Greg Silverman to Toby Emmerich, director Rob McElhenney’s vision did not align with the studio’s, as he explained in a podcast with Josh Horowitz.

After Rob McElhenney departed the project, Adam and Aaron Nee were tasked with rewriting the script in 2018. Then, in early 2019, Peter Sollett was introduced to direct, aiming for a female protagonist battling an Ender Dragon. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Allison Schroeder took over the script from the Nee Brothers a few months later. Now, with the screenplay in the hands of Chris Bowman and Hubbel Palmer, the movie will finally be available next year.

As the countdown to the Minecraft live-action movie release starts, we are all just thinking about how the stellar cast led by Jason Momoa will bring the game to life on the big screen. It’s an exciting prospect to believe that the essence of our adventures in the blocky world of Minecraft could soon be a cinematic spectacle. Imagine the thrill if the film captures the spirit of the game—it will indeed be the cherry on top of an already tantalizing treat! Let’s stay tuned and hope the movie delivers an experience as enriching and fun as the game itself.

Alizeh Lodhi
Alizeh Lodhi
As a dedicated pharmacy student and seasoned content writer, I've been captivated by the art of crafting words for nearly three years. From news to entertainment articles, I thrive on exploring diverse topics and weaving them into compelling narratives!

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