Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, a young man who, in the year 2045, takes part in an epic contest to find a digital Easter egg in the expansive virtual reality universe of OASIS. It’s a challenging enough mission as it is, but certain corporate foes are eyeing the prize as well.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Spielberg deliver a winning family blockbuster; BFG had potential, but ended up being the filmmaker’s third-lowest grossing picture ever (adjusted figures). This one could bring in the crowds. The acclaimed novel certainly has a passionate and large fanbase, and tapping into the VR craze with a universe full of recognisable brand figures could work a treat.
Ready Player One, also starring Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller and Mark Rylance, arrives in Australia on March 29 and hits the US on March 30, 2018. A good period for Spielberg fans; his Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks-starring drama The Post will open in the US on December 22 and arrives in Australia on January 11.
Synopsis for Ready Player One:
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon.
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.