Simon Pegg Joins Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

Simon Pegg Joins Steven Spielberg's 'Ready
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Simon Pegg is in talks to join Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction thriller “Ready Player One” for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.

If the deal closes, Pegg will join Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn in the virtual universe Oasis, created in the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline.

In the story, set in the year 2044, humans have come to prefer Oasis to the real world. Sheridan will portray a teen who winds up competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies.

Pegg will play Ogden Morrow, the co-creator of Oasis. “Bloodine” actor Mendelsohn has been cast as the villain.


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Spielberg is producing “Ready Player One” through his Amblin Partners banner, along with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah.

Warner Bros. decided on Feb. 9 that it would move “Ready Player One” back three months to March 30, 2018, which allows the film to steer clear of “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

Pegg last co-starred in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” He will be seen in July as Scotty in “Star Trek Beyond,” which he also co-wrote.

Pegg is repped by UTA, Hansen Jacobson and UK’s Dawn Sedgwick Management. The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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  1. Max W. says:

    It’s Ogden Morrow, not Orgen. Please fact check.

  2. loco73 says:

    I thought “Star Wars Episode VIII” was itself moved from its originally scheduled May 2017 release to December 2017?

  3. Video Droid says:

    Wait, if Ready Player One takes place in 2044, wouldn’t that make Pegg’s character at least in his 70’s if not 80’s? Are they doing heavy makeup/CGI or are they changing the year it takes place? I’m not trying to be a reactionary fanboy, and talking trash about every decision they make. I am genuinely curious how they plan to do it. Other than the age (and weight) I think Pegg would be great.

  4. Louisa KM says:

    another film ruined the involvement of Simon Pegg. Absolutely cannot stand the guy.

  5. Christopher says:

    *Ogden Morrow not Orgen Marrow.

  6. Bill says:

    Great, well that’s that ruined then.

  7. graphicblade says:

    It’s Ogden Morrow. Not Orgen.

  8. Fred Simmons says:

    I liked the book a lot.

    But I’m not sure if it will transition well to the movie format, or to how wide an audience it might appeal.

    Its ideal audience would seem to be those who, like me, were around to enjoy the first arcade and computer games of the early ’80s, such as Pac-Man, Joust and Zork, and to understand detailed references to early computers such as the Apple //e – or those younger viewers who are very well-versed in that somewhat obscure moment in time and technology. For those lucky enough to meet those standards, the book was a thoroughly delightful, sci-fi thrill ride filled with wonderful, geeky nostalgia.

    But on the surface, at least, that would seem to be a limited audience.

    Also, what reads well on paper does not always work well on the screen.

    This has the opportunity to be one of the most spectacular special effects movies of all time, or one of the silliest, depending upon how well it is brought to life.

    I wish them well. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Spielberg.

  9. jack says:

    Good, can’t get enough Simon Pegg.

  10. B says:

    Great casting to date. This will be a tough adaptation, wish them the best. The book is a fun read.

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