Just two days ago, it was announced that Steven Spielberg and his Bridge of Spies Oscar winner/The BFG headliner Mark Rylance would reunite for The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, and now it’s reported that Rylance will also join the cast of the director’s upcoming Ready Player One.
Rylance will play James Donovan Halliday, the Howard Hughes-esque reclusive creator of OASIS, a role originally rumoured to have been earmarked for the legendary Gene Wilder. The Ready Player One cast already includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Ben Mendelsohn and Simon Pegg.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When 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.
A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, the Ready Player One 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.