Mark Rylance Boards Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One

Posted by at 12:12 pm on April 13, 2016

Mark Rylance

Move over, Tom Hanks, it looks like Steven Spielberg has found a new muse. Just two days ago, it was announced that Spielberg and his Bridge of Spies Oscar winner/The BFG headliner Mark Rylance would reunite for inquisition drama The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and now Heat Vision reports that Rylance will also join the cast of the director’s upcoming Ready Player One movie. Rylance will play James Donovan Halliday, the Howard Hughes-esque reclusive creator of OASIS, a role originally rumored to have been earmarked for Gene Wilder. The Ready Player One movie cast already includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Ben Mendelsohn and Simon Pegg.

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. Bruce Berman will serve as executive producer.

Look for the Ready Player One movie to hit theaters on March 30, 2018.

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