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Steven Spielberg eyes Ben Mendelsohn for villain role in Ready Player One

01.06.2016
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It's been great to see Ben Mendelsohn's star rising over the past year, not only has the actor snagged a role in the first Star Wars spin-off, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, but now THR is reporting that Mendelsohn's next project could team the actor up with Steven Spielberg. The outlet claims that Ben Mendelsohn is currently being eyed to star in Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE as the villain. Talks are still in the early stages but THR's sources tell them that the actor has already met about the project and received an offer.

Steven Spielberg already has Olivia Cooke on-board as his leading lady, but is still on the hunt for a leading man. Ben Mendelsohn would play an executive for an Internet corporation that has designs on Oasis, the virtual world within the film. The feature-film adaption of the Ernest Cline novel was in the works even before the novel was published, but Steven Spielberg only signed on to direct early last year.

Synopsis for READY PLAYER ONE:

The story of a virtual-reality game creator who offers up his entire company to the best player who can find an Easter egg in one of his many virtual worlds via a game called OASIS. A teenager named Wade Watts decides to take it on after millions have failed over many years. The key to winning the game is a plethora of pop culture clues from the 1980s. Whomever figures it out and wins the game — without having their avatars killed in the process — takes over the entire OASIS empire.

READY PLAYER ONE is set for a December 15, 2017 release, but our next dose of Spielberg, THE BFG, hits theaters on July 1, 2016.

Source: THR

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3:13PM on 01/07/2016

He looks perfect for the role

I just read the book; it would make a great movie. I'd say Kodi Smit-McPhee for Parzival.
I just read the book; it would make a great movie. I'd say Kodi Smit-McPhee for Parzival.
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12:01PM on 01/07/2016

Bloodline...

By far his best work. How does this not get a mention?
By far his best work. How does this not get a mention?
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1:42AM on 01/07/2016

such a fine actor

I don't know what we do down here in Oz to keep producing them... must be something in the water...
I don't know what we do down here in Oz to keep producing them... must be something in the water...
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11:46PM on 01/06/2016
For anyone who hasn't read the book (and you really should), the villain's name is Nolan Sorrento. There's really nothing uniquely characteristic about Sorrento that would suggest one actor would be better than another to play the role; anyone who can pull off being menacing is fine. The real news will be when they decide who gets to play Halliday (I'm pulling for Guy Pearce) and Parzival (Anton Yelchin, maybe?)
For anyone who hasn't read the book (and you really should), the villain's name is Nolan Sorrento. There's really nothing uniquely characteristic about Sorrento that would suggest one actor would be better than another to play the role; anyone who can pull off being menacing is fine. The real news will be when they decide who gets to play Halliday (I'm pulling for Guy Pearce) and Parzival (Anton Yelchin, maybe?)
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3:14PM on 01/07/2016
Anton Yelchin is too old now.
Anton Yelchin is too old now.
10:55PM on 01/06/2016
Mendelsohn reminds me of 90's era Gary Oldsman, and I mean that in the best way possible. A great character actor, best known for playing some memorable villains.
Mendelsohn reminds me of 90's era Gary Oldsman, and I mean that in the best way possible. A great character actor, best known for playing some memorable villains.
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9:24PM on 01/06/2016
Everybody go watch Mississippi Grind. You're welcome.
Everybody go watch Mississippi Grind. You're welcome.
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8:51PM on 01/06/2016
Ben Mendelsohn for everything.
Ben Mendelsohn for everything.
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7:53PM on 01/06/2016
Am I the only person who thinks Mendelsohn looks like Harrison Ford/Han Solo in the first photo? Or at least someone related to him? Don't take me seriously, just a bullshit Rogue One theory.
Am I the only person who thinks Mendelsohn looks like Harrison Ford/Han Solo in the first photo? Or at least someone related to him? Don't take me seriously, just a bullshit Rogue One theory.
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