Me and Earl and the Dying Girl star Olivia Cooke is among those in talks to play the female lead in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of the novel Ready Player One, though we’re hearing that the deal isn’t final. Set in a bleak near future of extreme economic inequality, the book follows Wade Owen Watts, a poor orphan who spends most of his time in a massive online game and virtual society whose currency is the most stable in the (very troubled) world. Like other players, Wade wants to solve a puzzle hidden in the game by its creator, as doing so supposedly unlocks access to a mind-blowing fortune. Cooke is in discussions for the role of “Samantha Evelyn Cook,” a successful musician from Canada and fellow player who Wade has a crush on.
This is the second big casting news for a Me And Earl And The Dying Girl actor, following RJ Cyler joining the Showtime pilot I’m Dying Here.
Comedian Cameron Esposito has signed on appear in Gary Marshall’s holiday ensemble Mother’s Day, starring Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Jason Sudeikis. She’ll play “Max,” a young mother raising a son with her lesbian partner. From Open Road, Mother’s Day is scheduled for release in April, 2016.
Esposito’s 2014 comedy album Same Sex Symbol was a critical hit, and she’s made frequent TV appearances, including Conan, Last Call with Carson Daly, @midnight, Maron, Adventure Time, and Chelsea Lately. Her writing has been featured on Vice, The Advocate, and The AV Club; she is currently working on her first book and planning an 11 city stand up tour this fall. Among her upcoming feature projects are Operator opposite Mae Whitman and Martin Starr, First Girl I Loved opposite Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand and Pam Adlon, and Sleight, with Jacob Latimore, Dule Hill and Sasheer Zamata.
Esposito is repped by Gersh, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, L.L.P.