Steven Spielberg’s (“E.T.”) latest crowdpleaser has finally released a trailer. The highly anticipated teaser for futuristic fantasy thriller “Ready Player One” dropped over at SDCC, and was simultaneously released online. “Ready Player One” is a film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name; the author also had a hand in screenwriting for the film.
“Ready Player One” is set in Columbus, Ohio in the year 2045, at a time when the Earth is overcrowded and people must take to virtual reality to find freedom. Named the “OASIS,” it’s the one place you can go and be nearly limitless; the world was created by genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance) who’s made himself rich off of his creation. When he dies, his will dictates a massive digital treasure hunt, where a hidden Easter egg marks his fortune. To get it, you must be the first to find it. When our main character decides to take a chance and try to find where X marks the spot, he goes on an action-packed adventure full of dangers and mysteries just waiting to be unraveled.
Spielberg was originally hesitant to direct the futuristic flick, telling fans at SDCC his first comment was, “They’re going to need a younger director.” But according to Variety, Spielberg also noted references to his own movies in the original novel, which gives the story a vintage 80’s feel. Ultimately, the director was too intrigued by possibilities of a virtual reality world, and thus “Ready Player One” was adapted for the big screen.
The film stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Early and the Dying Girl”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One- A Star Wars Story”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”). “Ready Player One’s” cast’s is rounded out with Simon Pegg (“Star Trek”) and Rylance (“Dunkirk”). The film’s script was written by Cline and Zak Penn (“The Avengers”).
“Ready Player One” hits theaters March 30, 2018. Watch the official trailer below.