After years of waiting, Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One will finally be released in theaters in a few days, and it deserves every marketing hype it can get. The film received
. This film is going to be adventurous and epic and as you've seen in the trailers and promotional materials, the visuals look great. It'll probably be considered one of Spielberg's best.
Today, 2 new posters and 9 new photos for
Ready Player One
have been released, and they offer an epic look at the OASIS, the virtual world that has taken over the lives of many in the universe author Ernie Cline has created.
Check out the first poster above and the second poster below:
Check out the 9 new photos, each with information from
Here we see two of the heroes of
Ready Player One
in the flesh: Samantha Cook (played by
) and Wade Watts (played by
.) He looks remarkably like a young, beardless Spielberg whenever we see him in real life, and has a genial, geeky personality. She's a lionhearted revolutionary who knows that control of the OASIS is about more than fun and games.
Here are their avatars in the OASIS: Samantha's phoenix-haired Art3mis and Wade's cooler, blue-streaked Parzival, with nary a hint of his real-life dorkiness. She retains one element from real life that another person might eliminate: the red streak of the birthmark over her right eye.
Rylance also performs this OASIS figure: Halliday's wizard avatar, Anorak, who lives on beyond his creator's demise. Here we see him showing off the three keys that must be found; the first person to collect them will win both his fortune and ownership of the OASIS.
In 2045, if you can't pay your debts, you don't just suffer bad credit — you get detained and put to work by IOI in high-tech debtors' prisons. In this scene, Samantha/Art3mis has escaped and is entering the OASIS through the control center of IOI chief Nolan Sorrento (
). Important safety tip for evil-doers: Memorize your passcode rather than leaving it on a Post-It note stuck to your armrest.
Although they live in different parts of the world, a quintet of the leading Easter egg hunters (or "Gunters") join forces to solve Halliday's puzzles as the High Five. From left: The ninja Sho (Philip Zhao), behemoth Aech (
), Parizival (Sheridan), Art3mis (Cooke), and samurai Daito (
) talk to the Curator, the robot-like keeper of OASIS creator Jim Halliday's extensive life history.
Here you see four of the High Five united in real life, with Wade plugged into the virtual world from inside a delivery van (being driven by Aech). In this scene, they attempt to escape mercenaries from rival tech company IOI, which is determined to win control of the OASIS — even if it means killing those who are ahead of them in the race to solve the puzzles.
Ready Player One
is about the quest to solve a series of pop-culture riddles left behind by James Halliday, the Steve Jobs-like creator of the OASIS, who spent his life obsessing about beloved movies, games, and TV shows from his youth. In the real world, Halliday is played by
Bridge of Spies
Oscar winner Mark Rylance (seated left). Simon Pegg costars as his old friend and partner Ogden "Og" Morrow.
Lena Waite's Helen (the "H" explains her nickname, "Aech") looks nothing like her alter ego, but she's still a fearsome badass as she helps her old pal Wade escape IOI. "[Aech] is sort of like Mr. T meets Michael Clarke Duncan meets Ice Cube meets Rambo," Waithe says.
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery, and danger..
Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a novel by Ernie Cline, the film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn, and Hannah John-Kamen.