Ready Player One Cast Discusses 80's Pop Culture and Steven Spielberg References

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Over the weekend at SDCC 2017, fans were treated with the first ever trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. Just like its source material, Ernie Cline's novel of the same title, the footage showed off an explosion of 80's pop culture references that will give you the nostalgia.

During an interview with MTV, a few of Ready Player One's cast members talked about the film, its pop culture references and Spielberg's own references such as DeLorean. Spielberg previously said that he's minimizing the amount of references from his own films, and when the cast was asked about it, they confirmed.


"He was very adamant of being the least bit self-referential as possible," said Olivia Cook, who plays Art3mis.

"He felt that less was more of him," TJ Miller, who plays a new version of i-Rok, in the film. If you've read the book, you know that it's packed with references to Spielberg's works like E.T. and Back to the Future.

When talking about the 80s pop culture references, Tye Sheridan, who plays Wade Wats a.k.a. Parzival, said:

"There's so much there, and that's the book, there is so much pop culture squeezed into that book. You can't possibly fit all of it in the film but there's a lot more to come I think and when people see the film I think they're going to feel so much nostalgia watching it."

It's good to know that the film is staying true to its source material. The biggest concern for this film was how they were going to acquire the rights to feature various characters from different properties, and it looks like the film managed to get a good amount of 80s references packed here.

Miller said that Ready Player One is way different than what we've seen before that Spielberg had a difficult time describing the film to him.

"The closest he's been able to come with me is it's going to look like a video game, but a video game in the future. It's going to look so hyperrealistic even when you're in the game that it's just gonna, there's never been a movie that looks like it."

Ready Player One also promises an all-star cast which includes Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel).

Ready Player One is set to come out March 30, 2018.

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