Showered with near-universal acclaim for his performance in Bridge, it’s no surprise that Rylance jumped at the opportunity to work with Spielberg again. The opportunity must have been all the more alluring since their second project together belongs to one of the genres that the director of such classics as Close Encounters of The Third Kind and E.T. The Extraterrestrial is renowned for.
Based on the young adult novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One will see Rylance play James Donovan Halliday, a reclusive virtual reality creator in the mold of Howard Hughes:
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.
A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, the Ready Player One movie is being directed by Spielberg, who is also producing alongside Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger.
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