Saturday, September 12, 2015

Olivia Cooke in talks to star as female lead in Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is undoubtedly one of my most anticipated movies for the next few years. Once the famed director signed on for the project, it was immediately hyped as a technological revolution, a film that would change the way that we saw the medium of cinema. The 1980s reference-filled source material was also a plus for me, and the Willy Wonka meets virtual reality plot truly piqued my interest. Then the rumors started arriving that Spielberg was courting Gene Wilder for the film, and considering the actor's past roles and his long-standing retirement, that really got me excited. With a date that will appeal to both awards season voters and commercial audiences, the film industry will likely be keeping a very close eye on this one. Even though the film is just over two years out, Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and Spielberg are already on the hunt for the actors that will lead this blockbuster. And if The Hollywood Reporter's source is to be believed, the cast for this is starting off nicely.

According to THR, Olivia Cooke, star of Sundance darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, will star in Ready Player One as Sam (aka Artem3s), the Canadian blogger friend of our lead protagonist Wade Watts (still uncast). Cooke has nabbed the role and is in active negotiations right now. She was recently rumored to be on the shortlist for Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars: Episode VIII, but that seems unlikely at this point. All in all, I love this casting choice. Cooke was brilliant in Me and Earl, which is still one of the very best films of 2015. She has a real emotional depth that she is able to channel and if the screenplay for Ready Player One is as smart as the concept, I have a feeling that she'll do a great job. With one role cast, we'll start to see more from this film in the near future. Ready Player One debuts on December 15, 2017.

Image Credits: Nerdist

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