Movies, Ready Player One, Star Wars
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Olivia Cooke in talks for STAR WARS and READY PLAYER ONE

The Wrap reports that casting is underway for the female lead of Star Wars Episode VIII, with the shortlist including Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Golden Globe nominee and former “Rogue One” hopeful Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).

Also reported today are three names apparently on the short list for the role of Art3mis in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. On the list are Elle Fanning (Super 8, Maleficent), Lola Kirke (Mistress America, Gone Girl) and, marking her second short list of the day, Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel,” Me and Earl and the Dying Girl). The outlet also notes that at least two other as of yet unrevealed names are also on the Ready Player One short list.

A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. The film is being directed by Spielberg, who is also producing alongside Donald De Line, under his De Line Pictures banner, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Bruce Berman will serve as executive producer.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

Ar3mis is an OASIS avatar belonging to the character Samantha Cook. As of yet, no cast as been announced for any of the roles. Ready Player One is slated to hit theaters December 15, 2017.

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