Tye Sheridan may not be the most recognizable name at first, but he does have a growing resume that will make him one.
The actor who has appeared in films such as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse has just signed on for the lead role in Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. The casting pretty much rounds out the principle roles. More on the story below.
Deadline, who confirmed the news earlier today, says that Sheridan will play Wade, a poor orphan who jacks himself into the digital world known as OASIS. Its creator left behind an Easter Egg hidden amongst impossible-to-solve puzzles that are inspired by pop culture references of past decades. Anyone who solves these puzzles and finds the Easter Egg will massive power and fortune. So when Wade is able to unlock the first puzzle, he finds himself a target of other players who are also hunting for the elusive Easter Egg, including an official from a large industry who has made it a priority to find the Easter Egg at any cost.
Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) is set to play Art3mis, the female lead. Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodlines, A Star Wars Story: Rogue One) is rumored to play Sorrento, who is described as a high-ranking official of an Internet corporation that hopes to take over and monetize the OASIS.
While Sheridan did appear in the disappointing Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, the actor also had redeeming roles in films such as Mud and The Stanford Prison Experiment.
With the principle roles already cast, all that Spielberg has to do now is find the right actors for the supporting roles. One of them includes the key role of OASIS creator James Halliday. Rumors are going around that say that Spielberg is courting Gene Wilder for that role.
Having recently rescheduled itself to get away from Star Wars: Episode VIII, Ready Player One will now open in theaters on March 30, 2018. Even though that is a long time from now, it gives Spielberg time to perfect the script and find the right amount of ’80s pop cultural references to put in the film. Not to mention it also gives time for the director to perfect the film’s visuals.