The TG Geeks have just learned that Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adventure Ready Player One now has its lead actor, and it’s none other than Tye Sheridan who fans might recognize as Cyclops in in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is based on a book written by Ernest Cline, and Sheridan will be joining Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Ben Mendelsohn (who fans will soon see in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).
Sheridan first burst onto the scene in Terrence Malick’s 2011 feature The Tree Of Life, followed by Mud opposite Matthew McConaughey. Most recently Sheridan could be seen in the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Sheridan will be playing the character of Wade Watts/Parzival. Olivia Cooke has been cast to play Samantha Evelyn Cook/Art3mis, and Ben Mendelsohn will play Nolan Sorrento.
With Spielberg directing this it will undoubtedly be huge in scope and imagery. Here’s the description of the book:
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?
The screenplay is being written by Cline (which will help in maintaining the integrity of the book when adapting it to the big screen), the production companies include Amblin Entertainment, De Line Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Village Roadshow Pictures, Warner Bros, and is being distributed world wide by Warner Bros. The film arrives in theaters on March 30, 2018.
Are you excited about Ready Player One now? Have you read the book, and if so, will it make for a good movie? Do you have any feelings regarding the cast?
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