On top of all the comic book madness from last weekend’s San Diego Comic Con, Warner Bros. unveiled the first official look at Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated Ready Player One. Spielberg’s film is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same, which takes place in 2045 where the world is nearly over. Tye Sheridan stars in the adaptation as Wade Watts, a young hero who decides to enter a contest full of reality-bending treasure hunting in search for a digital easter egg left behind by the virtual creator.
This trailer is absolutely in-freaking-credible. I could watch it once a day until its release and never get bored. This film has been in production for a very long time, and now being able to see what it looks like, it makes sense as to why it was such a long road. The ’80s feel is outstanding, with Spielberg stepping back and displaying phenomenal looking characters and settings with quick cameos, fantastic designs, and a very strong use of familiarity. And yet, it’s never overwhelming. But obviously, I cannot go without mentioning the use of The Iron Giant and the Willy Wonka theme song. Magnificent. With 2018 full of exciting films, I can say with ease that Spielberg’s latest is among my most anticipated.
Watch the epic Ready Player One trailer below and after doing so, give me your thoughts in the comments. Do you feel the same as I do? What pop culture icon do you hope makes an appearance? Spielberg’s Ready Player One is released on March 3oth, 2018 and also stars Olivia Cooke, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance.
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.