Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg Adventure Too Big for the Real World

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Based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, Filmmaker Steven Spielberg created the action adventure “Ready Player One,” rated PG-13.

In the year 2045, just 27 years from now, the real world is a harsh place.

In this new version of the world, there is an immersive virtual universe where most of humanity spend their days. This is called the OASIS. In the OASIS, people are limited only by their own imagination. They can can go anywhere, do anything, and be anyone. Virtual reality rules.

Wade Watts, played by Tye Sheridan, says he only truly feels alive, when he escapes to the OASIS.

Created by brilliant eccentric James Halliday, played by Mark Rylance, the OASIS is waiting for a new owner. James Halliday’s immense fortune and total control of the OASIS will go to the winner of a three-part reality-bending treasure hunt contest that Halliday designed to find a worthy successor.

Wade Watts and his friends, known as the High Five, conquer the first challenge of the hunt. They are now thrown into an amazing universe of discovery and danger. They must save the OASIS and their world.

Tye Sheridan as Wade in Warner Bros. Pictures', Amblin Entertainment's and Village Roadshow Pictures' action adventure "READY PLAYER ONE," Photo: Jaap Buttendijk

Tye Sheridan as Wade in Warner Bros. Pictures’, Amblin Entertainment’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ action adventure “READY PLAYER ONE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo: Jaap Buttendijk

Three-time Oscar winner Spielberg (“Schindler’s List” [director & picture], and “Saving Private Ryan” [director]) directed the film from a screenplay by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline. It is based on the novel by Cline, which has spent more than 100 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List, recently climbing to the #1 spot, as well as reaching #1 on Amazon’s Most Read Fiction chart.

“Ready Player One” was produced by Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Spielberg and Dan Farah. Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, Chris deFaria and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline”), Lena Waithe (“Master of None”), T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”), Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

Behind the scenes, Spielberg collaborated with Oscar-winning director of photography Janusz Kaminski (“Schindler’s List,” “Saving Private Ryan”), Oscar-winning production designer Adam Stockhausen (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”), Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and editor Sarah Broshar (“The Post”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone (“Moonrise Kingdom”). The score is by Oscar-nominated composer Alan Silvestri (the “Back to the Future” films, “Forrest Gump”). Warner Bros. Pictures and Amblin Entertainment present, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Amblin Production, a De Line Pictures Production, a Steven Spielberg Film, “Ready Player One.”

Opening on March 29, 2018, in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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