Saturday, February 27, 2016

Tye Sheridan to star in Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'

I love Star Wars with every inch of my being, but I must say, when Episode VIII moved to December 2017 back in January, I was disappointed for a number of reasons. First, the obvious- I was mad about having to wait another seven months to see the next chapter in the Star Wars saga. But beyond that, I was upset that Episode VIII's presence in the December calendar scared away other major films. James Cameron's Avatar 2 fled the month and so did Steven Spielberg's video game epic Ready Player One. Now, I don't care about Avatar 2 in the slightest. But I'm really, really pumped for Ready Player One. Adapted from one of the most popular sci-fi novels in recent years, Spielberg's film has so much promise. With the concept of virtual reality, a cast that includes Ben Mendelsohn and Olivia Cooke, and the potential that Spielberg might coax Gene Wilder out of retirement, Ready Player One is one of my most anticipated films for the next several years. And I just got a little bit more excited.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tye Sheridan will star in Ready Player One. Sheridan, best known for his breakout performance in Mud, will play Wade Watts, the teenage video game devotee at the heart of the story. In the THR report, the trade magazine cites that after a massive nationwide search left Spielberg unsatisfied, Sheridan emerged as the clear favorite and inked the deal to play Watts. Sheridan is one of the most talented young actors in Hollywood, so this is a tremendously thrilling, and yet, simultaneously obvious choice. Sheridan gained massive critical acclaim for Mud and has garnered praise for The Stanford Prison Experiment and Joe as well. He'll next be seen in X-Men: Apocalypse as Cyclops, breaking him into the national spotlight for the first time. But even if Apocalypse brings him to new audiences, I'm fairly certain that Ready Player One will be the movie that solidifies him as a star. Ever since I heard about this film and read the Deadline article that accompanied the production announcement, I've been fairly certain that we're looking at a true game-changer. And I really hope I'm right. Ready Player One hits theaters on March 30, 2018.

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