Spielberg Might Have Found One Of His Leads For “Ready Player One” In Olivia Cooke

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is ready for . The star of Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl is currently in negotiations to play Sam Cook, AKA Art3mis, in the adaptation of Ernie Cline’s bestselling sci-fi novel. Steven Spielberg has been looking for leads for this project for a while now, now he only has the male lead left to cast.

The story is set in Oasis, a virtual world and game that exists on the internet. When the designer of Oasis dies, he leaves his entire fortune as a grand prize in the game for the players (and evil corporate interests to compete for in an elaborate treasure hunt.

This will be Cooke’s first foray into a big budget film, having done mostly TV and  indie/low-budget horror films like Blumhouse’s Ouija, but Me, Earl and the Dying Girl seems to have thrust her name onto the A-list since she beat out Elle Fanning and Lola Clarke for this role.

She is repped by Gersh and .

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This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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