Steven Spielberg Casts Tye Sheridan as the Lead for ‘Ready Player One’

Steven Spielberg’s Big-Screen Adaptation

According to Deadline, X-Men: Apocalypse‘s young Cyclops star, Tye Sheridan has scored the lead role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel, Ready Player One.

The 19-year-old actor has won the lead role of Wade Owen Watts, better known by his OASIS avatar Parzival. Sheridan will join Me and Earl and the Dying Girl standout Olivia Cooke, who is playing the female lead Art3mis, an OASIS avatar belonging to the coincidentally-named Samantha Cook, and Ben Mendelsohn (Bloodline), who is portraying the villainous Nolan Sorrento.

Warner Bros. recently moved Ready Player One to March 30, 2018 in order to steer clear of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Production is expected to begin later this year. I hope they do make the real Wade Watts more like he is in the book.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.