Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) is hoping schedules work out so that he might step into Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One at Warner Bros. The project is set to start principal photography at the end of June. An offer went out last night but negotiations have yet to begin. “There is a willingness to do it. He wants to do it, but it’s only an offer. There has yet to be any deal,” one person involved in the production told Deadline. This is yet another pairing of Spielberg and Rylance. Spielberg will also direct him in Amblin Entertainment’s The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, an adaptation of the the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer that Tony Kushner has adapted. Rylance, who also plays the title character in Spielberg’s The BFG, will star as Pope Pius IX in the Kidnapping pic, Deadline reported exclusively two days ago.
Tye Sheridan is starring in the adaptation of Ready Player One, which is being made by Warner Bros, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks. He plays the protagonist Wade, opposite Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn, who plays Nolan Sorrento. The screenplay is from Zak Penn. Rylance’s interest in the film was first reported by THR.
The film takes place in 2044 and follows the story of a virtual-reality game creator who offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in one of his many virtual worlds via a game called OASIS. A teenager named Wade Watts decides to take it on after millions have failed over many years. The key to winning the game is a plethora of pop culture clues from the 1980s. Whomever figures it out and wins the game — without having their avatars killed in the process — takes over the entire OASIS empire.
The film is being adapted from Ernest Cline’s popular sci-fi book of the same name. Producers are Donald De Line and Dan Farah, who brought the project into the studio. They will produce with Kristie Macosko Krieger. The book has become a phenomenon, published in 49 countries; it was on The New York Times‘ best seller’s list and was chosen best-of by numerous news and pop cultures websites around the globe.
Warner Bros. has it set to debut on Easter weekend 2018, specifically, March 30.