A new image has been released for Steven Spielberg's feature film adaptation of the amazing book Ready Player One! If features our first look at Olivia Cooke as Samantha Evelyn Cook a.k.a. Art3mis as she is approached by Wade Watts a.k.a. Parzival (Tye Sheridan). When talking about her experience working on the film, Cooke told Empire:
“It felt like pure adventure. It was Willy Wonka, it was Indiana Jones. When you’re a kid wanting to be an actor, the idea of working with [Spielberg] sounds absurd. It was surreal.”
What's interesting about this photo is that these two characters are actually meeting outside of the OASIS in a very different setting than when they first meet in real life in the book. In the book, they don't meet outside of the OASIS until the very end of the story. Obviously, Spielberg is going to change that aspect of the story up.
I'm not sure how I feel about that because the relationship between these two characters is such a huge part of the story, and one of the most rewarding aspects of their story is the fact that they don't meet in the real world until their mission is complete.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this different direction plays out on the big screen.
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.
The movie also stars Mark Rylance as the game's creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander.
Watch the incredible first trailer for the film again right here.