Another player has joined the mix for Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Japanese boyband singer and actor Win Morisaki has been cast as Daito in the film, which has T.J. Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance already booked.
An official logline for the film has yet to be released, but the synopsis of the book is the following:
In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines — puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win — and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
This marks Morisaki’s Hollywood acting debut.
In April it was announced that Rylance would be playing the role of James Donovan Halliday, the creator of OASIS. THR describes the character as “an enigmatic figure with shades of Howard Hughes and Steve Jobs.” And just last week it was announced that Miller would join the cast. He will portray the character i-R0k, who is an annoying online troll within the game.
The screenplay is being adapted from the Ernest Cline novel of the same name by “X-Men: Last Stand” and “Avengers” writer and collaborator Zak Penn.
“Ready Player One” is aiming for a March 30, 2018 release date. The release was moved back in order to avoid it coinciding with “Star Wars: Episode VIII” at the box office.