Holy pop culture references, Batman! Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is coming this spring and is a geeky delight!

News Den Of Geek Staff

Feb 2, 2018

Steven Spielberg’s first science fiction adventure in years is nearly here. The script for Ready Player One was written by Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers) with earlier drafts turned in by Eric Eason and the Ready Player One author himself, Ernest Cline.

Assuming all the rights can be acquired from the book’s gamer paradise of references, this should be quite the nostalgia trip. Perhaps Spielberg can even find space to give a nod to the buried landfill of E.T. Atari cartridges, which by 2044 might have great archeological worth all on their own.

Ready Player One Trailer

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The first trailer for Ready Player One is a pop culture extravaganza. Whether it’s the Back to the Future DeLorean speeding through virtual city streets filled with famous vehicles or Freddy Krueger being incinerated by a giant mech, Ready Player One is starting to look like an overwhelming cinematic experience. 

Ready Player One Release Date

The Ready Player One movie arrives on March 30, 2018.

Ready Player One Cast

The cast of Ready Player One is headlined by Tye Sheridan. Sheridan hails from the indie scene where he made a splash in Jeff Nichols’ Mud as a child actor. He also appeared as Cyclops in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and will reprise the role in 2018’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. In Ready Player One, he portrays Wade Owen Watts (alias Parzival), an orphan living in the stacks with a deep passion for ’80s culture and video games… which will aid him in his virtual reality quest throughout the film. He enters this world due to the contest of the long-dead James Donovan Halliday, here played by frequent Spielberg collaborator Mark Rylance.

Somewhat of a VR Steve Jobs crossed with Willy Wonka, Rylance’s character leaves a trail of digital breadcrumbs for a potential gamer to one day inherit his VR kingdom. He will appear in the film through digital projections he has created in his OASIS program.

Joining them are Olivia Cooke as Art3mis, a fellow game competitor, and Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorrento. The film will likewise feature Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) as Ogden Morrow, the co-founder of OASIS. T.J. Miller of Silicon Valley fame will appear as a forum troll who irritates Parzival and others by being very much like today’s trolls.

Japanese boy band pop star, Win Morisaki plays one of the gunters that Wade will eventually compete against.

Ready Player One Story

Adapted from the popular 2011 sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set about 50 years in the future where the world is a dystopian wreck. The only refuge is the virtual reality distraction of OASIS, a futuristic melding of augmented reality and VR with retro ’80s gamer love. Its creator is long dead, but he will bequeath his company to anyone who can find a treasure he has hidden within the depths of OASIS. Many years later, no one has achieved this, including the corporations who are playing simply to takeover OASIS and turn it into a luxury for the rich. In this context, orphaned Wade Watts is a kid with plenty of nostalgia himself for the 20th Century, even his online handle of “Parzival” is a play on Percival the Arthurian knight who found the Holy Grail… as well as the preferred name (as opposed to Galahad) used by the ’80s cult classic, Excalibur.

He will enter OASIS… but will he win? Here is the official synopsis.

When the creator of an MMO called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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