If you ever find yourself in one of those moods where you have lost interest in reading, I highly recommend Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, if you haven’t read it yet. A few years back, I hit a book-reading rut, but reading Ready Player One reminded me of why I loved to read. It’s sci-fi, and 80s references, and King Dork and Brewster’s Millions and coming of age tale all wrapped into one. It was fun, smart, original and addictive, and sparked a renewed interest in reading that lasted for a good four or five months where I was powering through books, up until I hit a wall with Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (ugh).
Anyway, those who have read the book are likely stoked to see it coming to life on the big screen, with Steven Spielberg at the helm, no less. Here’s what the cast for the movie looks like, so far:
Wade Owen Watts/Wade3/Parzival/Bryce Lynch (Tye Sheridan)
The protagonist, a poor orphan from the “stacks” surrounding metropolitan Oklahoma City. Wade names his OASIS character Parzival after Percival, the Arthurian knight famous for his quest for the grail, and dedicates his life to finding James Halliday’s Easter egg.
Samantha Evelyn Cook/Art3mis (Olivia Cooke)
A famous gunter and blogger from Vancouver, British Columbia. Wade has a huge cyber-crush on her, which is complicated by their competition in search of the egg.
Nolan Sorrento/IOI-655321 (Ben Mendelsohn)
A high-ranking official of Innovative Online Industries, the multinational corporation that serves as an Internet service provider for most of the world and hopes to take over and monetize the OASIS. Sorrento is head of IOI’s Oology (the science of searching for Halliday’s Easter egg) Division, and serves as the primary antagonist of the novel.
Daito (Win Morisaki)
Japanese gunter who works with Shoto (uncast, so far) as a team in their quest for the egg. They have a generally tense, but sometimes-friendly relationship with Parzival, Aech, and Art3mis.
James Donovan Halliday (Mark Rylance)
Creator of OASIS. He is based on the personalities of Howard Hughes and Richard Garriott.
Ogden “Og” Morrow (Simon Pegg)
Co-creator of the OASIS and best friend of James Halliday. He is among the few in the world who is rich and can afford luxuries that most people cannot. Despite being rich, he is humble and respects his deceased friend’s game and the hunt for the egg. His backstory somewhat parallels that of Steve Wozniak and his eventual relationship with Steve Jobs. Og lives in Oregon and owns a set of very advanced OASIS consoles and immersion rigs.
i-R0k (T.J. Miller)
i-R0k is basically a troll, but he is pivotal in the book.
Helen Harris has not yet been cast.
Character descriptions lifted from Wikipedia