The White Lotus star Jennifer Coolidge signed on for NZ-shot Minecraft movie

The White Lotus star and Emmy Award winner Jennifer Coolidge is joining the cast of the upcoming Minecraft movie, a project soon to be filmed in New Zealand. 

Deadline reported on Thursday the actress will join Jason Momoa and Jack Black in the big-screen adaptation of the Mojang/Microsoft game. 

Shooting will be split between Aotearoa and the US, with details of the story so far being kept under wraps. 

Minecraft is the bestselling video game of all time with 300 million copies sold and nearly 140 million monthly active players. 

The news of Coolidge's appointment to the film comes hot on the heels of her Emmy win on Monday (NZ time), scooping up Best Supporting Actress for a Limited Series for her role as Tanya McQuoid in the second season of The White Lotus. 

In her acceptance speech, she thanked "all the evil gays" for the accolade. 

Almost a year ago, Coolidge exclusively told Newshub she "might be" filming in New Zealand soon but wouldn't be drawn on further details. 

In January 2023, speaking the morning after she won a Golden Globe for the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series/Anthology or Motion Picture, Coolidge said it was still in the early stages - but she was optimistic. 

"Well, I love New Zealand - and you know, I can't blow it yet. 

"I don't know if it's a sure thing, but I have a friend who is making a movie in NZ, and he's promised me a part. So I might be seeing you soon." 

Filming on the Minecraft movie is taking place in New Zealand on "ginormous soundstages," director Jared Hess told IGN when Jack Black was announced earlier this year as part of the cast. 

Work had been due to begin in August last year but had been delayed by the writers and actors' strikes which hit Hollywood in 2023, delaying many productions. 

The as-yet untitled Minecraft movie is due to release in 2025.