Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One debuts a new poster a day ahead of the first trailer release. Ernest Cline’s novel forms the basis for the sci-fi film, set in an resources-starved dystopia and suffused with ’80s nostalgia. Spielberg both presses on into the future while looking back at the era of pop culture to which he himself made enormous contributions. Zak Penn co-wrote the script with Cline.
Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts, a young man competing in a virtual reality contest to find a deceased game developer’s prize Easter egg. The contest makes players compete in challenges built around ’80s movies, music and video games. Ben Mendelsohn plays Nolan Sorrento, the film’s lead villain, who dispatches his minions to claim the VR booty. Olivia Cooke plays Art3mis, Wade’s reluctant would-be love interest and a fellow competitor. T.J. Miller plays i-R0k, a minor character in the novel who has been expanded for the film. With a massive fortune waiting at the end of the game, the players will kill to win.
Warner Bros. has now released a new Ready Player One poster, with the film’s first trailer set to drop this weekend (via ComicBookMovie.com). A teaser trailer debuted at NYCC. See the new poster image below.
Ready Player One marks Steven Spielberg’s first foray into science fiction since War of the Worlds in 2005. Spielberg revolutionized sci-fi with his uplifting classic films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. He then pushed the form in different directions with his bleak A.I., which he took over from Stanley Kubrick, and the equally dark Minority Report. Spielberg’s last attempt at fantasy, The BFG, was a flop and led to whispers that he no longer has the touch. Spielberg in recent years has succeeded with his “civics lesson” movies Lincoln, Bridge of Spies and this year’s Oscar-hopeful The Post.
Can Spielberg, once an undisputed master, regain the touch that made him Hollywood’s most successful crafter of cinematic dreams? Or will the director’s attempt at mining the past cause him to disappear down a rabbit hole he himself created? The motion-capture heavy production is only the second such endeavor for Spielberg, who used the technology to favorable effect in The BFG (though the audience were lukewarm overall about the film). Will Spielberg use his tools to go for a dark tone a la A.I., or will this vision be hopeful like his earlier works?
Ready Player One also stars Hannah John-Kamen, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Lena Waithe. Alan Silvestri composed the score, his first for a Spielberg-directed film (though he’s worked on many films produced by Spielberg).
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