Set in 2045 when the world is on the brink of collapse, it stars Tye Sheridan (Mud, X-Men: Apocalypse) as Wade Watts, a young man who decides to join the contest to find an Easter egg placed in the virtual reality universe of OASIS by its eccentric creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance from Bridge of Spies).
The film also stars Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller and Simon Pegg.
Written by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, the film is produced by Donald De Line, Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris DeFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.
I still haven’t gotten around to reading Cline’s book, which has been on my Kindle for three years or more, but it looks like Spielberg was the right fit to direct Ready Player One, as the film looks like a cross between some of his ’80s Amblin films and a more recent film like A.I.: Artificial Intelligence or Minority Report, at least in terms of the scope of the world-building. (The trailer also goes from a remix of Depeche Mode’s “The World In My Eyes” to Van Halen’s “Jump” so kudos to whomever cut this trailer and chose the songs.)
You can watch that new trailer below.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor