Tye Sheridan Tapped to Star in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

Tye Sheridan
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After a lengthy search, Steven Spielberg has found his male lead for his adaptation of “Ready Player One.”

Sources tell Variety that “Mud” star Tye Sheridan will star in Spielberg’s next pic, which will be distributed by Warner Bros.

“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke has already been cast in the female lead, and Ben Mendelsohn is also on board for a role.

The Warner Bros., Village Roadshow and DreamWorks release is based on the buzzy Ernest Cline book of the same name. Spielberg, Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger will produce, with Bruce Berman serving as exec producer. Warner Bros. had no comment.

Cline’s novel, published in 2011, follows the rise of virtual-reality universe the Oasis, which humans living in the not-too-distant future begin to value above the real world. Zak Penn adapted the story for the screen.

Sheridan will play Wade Watts, a poor orphan from the “stacks” surrounding metropolitan Oklahoma who joins the Oasis.

Pic is slated to bow on March 30, 2018.

Sheridan broke out in Jeff Nichols’ “Mud,” holding his own opposite Matthew McConaughey, and has followed up that performance with roles in adult dramas including David Gordon Green’s “Joe” and Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places.” He is set to play Cyclops in “X-Men: Apocalypse” this May.

He is repped by WME and Mosaic. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Cooke is basically the exact opposite of how the character is supposed to look in the books. A central part of why the male protagonist admires Art3mis is that she deliberately keeps her avatar stocky and rubenesque despite being in a virtual world that allows you to be as thin and stereotypically “gorgeous” as you want.

    Putting a waif-thin actress in the role is not just an insult to the original work and character, but perpetuating the type of stereotyping and discrimination the original story mocks.

  2. Lilbob says:

    I had to resubmit to be considered

  3. Jar Jar Box-Office says:

    I still would have preferred Spielberg do “Robopocalypse” but he’ll do a good job with this one, too. Although this is built on nostalgia, whereas Robopocalypse was a step forward. Will we really care to watch our hero play “Joust?”

  4. I’m kind of mad. There was an open search providing hope for undiscovered talent and now they go and do this! I auditioned and it was my first so I didn’t expect anything. But I saw a lot of talent with many auditions and they’ll hand it to someone who is doing well for themselves! Really unfair if you ask me.

    • Je vizzusi says:

      Casting directors pull this shit all the time. Open calls turn into video auditions to get the general idea of the character and look the Director is after, then they go out and offer the part to somebody specific they had been looking at all along. SAG love to hear about these complaints!
      @JEV1A

      • I think they are doing a lot of tricks. First there’s an open call and they give it to someone they already had in mind. Then they say Speilberg is backing out when he probably had no intention to actually direct it. Nothing but publicity.

    • Jar Jar Box-Office says:

      Julian Jr.: I see what you did there, nice one.

  5. Et in Arcadia ego says:

    He first broke out in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life”

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