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Steven Spielberg picks Olivia Cooke to help lead Ready Player One

09.11.2015
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Steven Spielberg has his female lead for READY PLAYER ONE.

Olivia Cooke, the standout from ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, has been handpicked by the legendary director to take the role of Sam in his adaptation of the popular Ernie Cline novel. The story takes place within the virtual world of Oasis where a treasure hunt is underway after the game's creator dies and puts his fortune up for grabs to the winner. The male lead is a teenager among the competitors vying for the top prize, and Sam is a Canadian blogger who would serve as both a fellow competitor and love interest to that character.

Cooke's name had been thrown around as a possibility for a major female role in STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII, but that doesn't look to be happening now. For READY PLAYER ONE, Elle Fanning and Lola Kirke had tested recently for Sam, but Spielberg obviously liked what he saw out of Cooke to give her the nod.

Spielberg is still on the hunt for his male star, and has been testing actors in order to find the right fit. However, the search continues as he has not yet settled on his guy as READY PLAYER ONE moves forward.

Olivia Cooke can be seen in ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL once 20th Century Fox drops it on Blu-ray October 6.

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2:13AM on 09/13/2015
Great choice!
Great choice!
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10:02PM on 09/12/2015

Samantha

Don't think they ever refer to her as Sam in the book, its Samantha the one time they use her real name if I remember right. Hope they tone her down a bit, she's not s super model. Same thing for Wade he needs to be a dork, not a hot young stud. And they better fuckin shave his head.
Don't think they ever refer to her as Sam in the book, its Samantha the one time they use her real name if I remember right. Hope they tone her down a bit, she's not s super model. Same thing for Wade he needs to be a dork, not a hot young stud. And they better fuckin shave his head.
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11:37AM on 09/12/2015

A fan

She seems like a legit good girl, and I'm always down with that ;)
She seems like a legit good girl, and I'm always down with that ;)
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11:33PM on 09/11/2015

Sam? You mean Art3mis? :p

Sounds good, now let's cast Parzival. Is Anton Yelchin available?
Sounds good, now let's cast Parzival. Is Anton Yelchin available?
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4:10PM on 09/12/2015
right?! i had to double-take. i was like, Art3mis's real name's Sam..?

anton yelchin? that kid looks 40. i imagine someone not so skinny, a little husky... Ben Hardy available?
right?! i had to double-take. i was like, Art3mis's real name's Sam..?

anton yelchin? that kid looks 40. i imagine someone not so skinny, a little husky... Ben Hardy available?
5:41PM on 09/11/2015

I just started reading the book

I like it so far; not the most original concept but the writing's good. I hope Spielberg does it justice.
I like it so far; not the most original concept but the writing's good. I hope Spielberg does it justice.
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4:51PM on 09/11/2015
Good for her. She's a terrific actress and deserves some big movie roles.
Good for her. She's a terrific actress and deserves some big movie roles.
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