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Elle Fanning, Olivia Cooke & Lola Kirke on shortlist for Ready Player One

09.02.2015

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The Wrap is reporting that Elle Fanning (MALEFICENT), Olivia Cooke (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL) and Lola Kirke (MISTRESS AMERICA) are the top contenders to play Art3mis, the female lead in Steven Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE adaptation.

Art3mis is the avatar Samantha Cook uses while in Oasis, the virtual reality universe from the Ernest Cline novel. Although insiders say it's still early in the casting process, all three are set to test for the part for Spielberg once he's finished with BRIDGE OF SPIES and THE BFG. However, there are two other unidentified actresses who are also in the running for the role. Yesterday we learned that Cooke is also being considered for a lead role in Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII.

As for the male lead, Variety's Justin Kroll has heard that Spielberg is eyeing JURASSIC WORLD's Nick Robinson to play Parzival, the Oasis avatar of Wade Owen Watts. Who would you like to see be cast as Art3mis and Parzival?

READY PLAYER ONE is scheduled to open on December 15, 2017.

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Source: The Wrap

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11:23PM on 09/02/2015
Ugh, I knew this was going to happen. Instead of taking the opportunity to cast real looking social outcasts they are going to cast beautiful, underfed, CW-esque red carpet walkers.
Ugh, I knew this was going to happen. Instead of taking the opportunity to cast real looking social outcasts they are going to cast beautiful, underfed, CW-esque red carpet walkers.
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11:23AM on 09/02/2015
i like any of them as Art3mis, always had someone like Alia Shawkat in my head when they described her in the book.
i like any of them as Art3mis, always had someone like Alia Shawkat in my head when they described her in the book.
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11:01AM on 09/02/2015
Isn't Olivia Cooke also up for a Star Wars VIII role as well? Her star is shooting up quick.
Isn't Olivia Cooke also up for a Star Wars VIII role as well? Her star is shooting up quick.
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9:30AM on 09/02/2015

They'll have to pack on the pounds...

This is a GREAT book! I just finished it a couple of weeks ago. Art3mis is supposed to be chubby(and it makes sense, these people play a video game literally all day). Maybe one of those actresses could play the "avatar"... She should be a cute chubby girl though
This is a GREAT book! I just finished it a couple of weeks ago. Art3mis is supposed to be chubby(and it makes sense, these people play a video game literally all day). Maybe one of those actresses could play the "avatar"... She should be a cute chubby girl though
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12:03PM on 09/02/2015
article says they are up for the avatar role
article says they are up for the avatar role
8:45AM on 09/02/2015
I'd choose Elle Fanning.
I'd choose Elle Fanning.
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