The adaptation of Ernest Cline’s beloved 2011 sci-fi novel, Ready Player One is anxious to blow us away. The film is set in a dystopian future, where many people use the OASIS (sort of a personal matrix) to escape the awful reality that is their lives.
Actor Tye Sheridan, who plays the film’s protagonist, Wade Watts/Parzival, spoke with Entertainment Weekly and noted the differences in his character’s real identity, and the persona he takes on when he enters the OASIS:
“[Parzival] is a bit more confident than Wade. It’s a nice little contrast between who he is in the OASIS and who he is in the real world. When we first meet Parzival, he wins the first race and his avatar becomes this celebrity within the OASIS. But [Wade] is an outcast and an underdog in the real world, and no one knows that he’s actually Parzival. It’s almost like a Clark Kent thing, where he’s someone super, but no one knows about it.”
The film’s plot follows Wade/Parzival as he searches for an easter egg within the OASIS, coincidenttally many moviegoers will be doing the same with the numerous pop-culture references sprinkled throughout the film.
It is safe to say this is a film us nerds have been dreaming about for some time. Many popular characters and items were shown in the film’s trailer, including The Iron Giant, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, Harley Quinn, The A-Team, and a dancing Gandalf the Wizard. Ready Player One will be directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by writer Zak Penn and author of the source novel, Ernest Cline.
Ready Player One is set to open March 30, 2018.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly