The first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is here. There trailer is one big pop culture reference after another. It will take you through a wild virtual world called ‘The Oasis’. The story will pit a young teenager (Tye Sheridan) against an army of users determined to solve a deceased Mogul’s mysterious inheritance scavenger hunt.
Check out the full trailer below:
Film centers on a young outcast named Wade Watts. In the near future, Watts escapes from his daily drudgery by logging onto an MMO game called ‘The Oasis’. When the game’s billionaire founder dies, he offers players his fortune as the prize in an easter egg hunt within The Oasis. Watts gets in on the action then after five years finds himself facing off against corporate foes who will go to any lengths to get the money — in both the real world and in The Oasis.
Adapted from the Ernest Cline novel of the same name, Ready Player One infuses a futuristic world that has turned mostly virtual, with pop culture and gaming references from the 1980s and 90s. SCritics say the books pop culture references tend to overwhelm the story. I am currently reading it myself, and I am very much immersed and invested in this world.
The screenplay is written by Earnest Cline and Zak Penn. Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller and Ben Mendelsohn co-star in the film, with Tye Sheridan taking the lead. The novel is full of references to director Steven Spielberg’s previous works. Unfortunately, none of them will be in the film. The trailer is full of references from Ninja Turtles, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Akira, to Joust, Back to the Future, Iron Giant. It will no-doubt include many, many more.