There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding acclaimed writer/director Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One over the last six months. Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lincoln) has been dealing with various production delays, including Warner Bros. pushing the release date back to March 2018 to avoid conflicting with Disney‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII, but now with a final release date set, production should get underway relatively quickly, especially seeing as the cast has just added a lead actor. The Tree of Life and Mud actor Tye Sheridan has been selected to play the lead role of Wade Watts, a teenager in a futuristic world where the human race prefers to live in a virtual reality universe called Oasis. When the found of Oasis dies, he offers up his fortune in a treasure hunt across Oasis that Wade and an ensemble of other contestants comes out to compete in.
Co-starring with Sheridan is actress Olivia Cooke (Me and the Dying Girl, Ouija) in the lead female role, and actor Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Exodus: Gods and Kings), who will star in the villain role. Screenwriters Eric Earson (Journey to the End of the Night, A Better Life) and Zak Penn (X2: X-Men United, The Avengers) are adapting the script with author Ernest Cline. With a release date set and the cast filling out, principle photography should begin soon, but we’ll keep you posted about any upcoming announcements.