Ready Player One first footage drops at SDCC

Ready Player One first footage drops at SDCC

0 comments 📅22 July 2017, 20:30

In a rare personal appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, Steven Spielberg showed the first trailer from Ready Player One. It goes without saying everyone went nuts. Previously intended to come out in time for this Christmas, it’s now slated for March 30, 2018.

Adapted from the popular 2011 sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set about 50 years in the future where the world is a dystopian wreck. The only refuge is the virtual reality distraction of OASIS, a futuristic melding of augmented reality and VR with retro ’80s gamer love. Its creator is long dead, but he will bequeath his company to anyone who can find a treasure he has hidden within the depths of OASIS. Many years later, no one has achieved this, including the corporations who are playing purely to takeover OASIS and turn it into a luxury intended only the rich.

It’s packed with pop culture references; immediately obvious was the Back to the Future DeLorean and the motorcycle from Akira speeding through virtual city streets and Freddy Krueger being incinerated by the Iron Giant. You know, which is pretty awesome.

The movie stars Tye Sheridan, who was Cyclops in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse and 2018’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix and frequent Spielberg collaborator Mark Rylance co-stars. Joining them are Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and sadly, Simon Pegg.

Interestingly, that final scene, that big race, is not in the book, which suggests the film is going to take a drastic turn from the original source material.


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