– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Steven Spielberg may be pushing 70, but the legendary director just keeps on trucking. “Bridge of Spies” has barely just hit theaters, notorious “BFG” has only had its first trailer drop recently, and Spielberg is already hard at work on his next undertaking: an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s acclaimed science fiction novel, “Ready Player One.” With the film set to come out in late 2017, the casting process is certainly underway, and it looks like Steven Spielberg may be eying an actor from the upcoming “Star Wars” film, “Rogue One.”

According to TheWrap, Ben Mendelsohn, who plays one of the antagonists in “Rogue One,” is being looked at for the Spielberg flick. Obviously, “Rogue One” has yet to come out, so chances are you don’t recognize him from the film, but you may recognize him from the TV show “Bloodline” as well as from “The Dark Knight Rises,” where he played Daggett, the owner of Daggett Industries who tries to take over Wayne Enterprises with the help of everyone’s masked assailant, Bane.

If that’s not ringing any bells, you can see Mendelsohn’s character getting his due in “The Dark Knight Rises” below.

Playing to his typecast, Mendelsohn is in negotiations to play Nolan Sorrento, an executive at a company called Innovative Online Industries who serves as the main antagonist of the story.

Unfortunately, other details of the film are still sparse at this point (though what do you expect, the film is nearly two years out), but of course, if you’re itching to see what Spielberg is working on, you can always check out novel that serves as the source material.

For those unfamiliar to the 2011 novel, the synopsis is as follows:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Olivia Cooke is currently the only other actor attached to the film at this point, and is set to star as Art3mis, the lead female in the story. 

What do you think of these casting choices so far? Is Mendelsohn a good choice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

“Ready Player One” hits theaters on December 15, 2017.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.