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Tye Sheridan lands lead role in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One

02.24.2016
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While we eagerly await the release of Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The BFG", the prolific director is assembling the cast for his next film, an adaptation of Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One". Spielberg has already secured the services of Olivia Cooke (ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL) and Ben Mendelsohn (ROGUE ONE) and now Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg has finally found his leading man.

The outlet has reported that Steven Spielberg has chosen Tye Sheridan (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE) to play Wade Watts, a poor orphan from the "stacks" surrounding metropolitan Oklahoma City who joins the virtual universe known as the OASIS. Tye Sheridan has appeared in some notable films in his short career which is likely to blow up even further once X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, in which he plays Scott Summers/Cyclops, is released. Olivia Cooke will be playing Samantha Cook, a fellow member of the OASIS as well a competitor and love interest for Tye Sheridan's Wade. Ben Mendelsohn will play Nolan Sorrento, an executive who hopes to take over and monetize the OASIS.

A 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 March 30, 2018 release, but our next dose of Spielberg, THE BFG, hits theaters on July 1, 2016.

Source: Deadline

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3:23PM on 02/25/2016

Nice!

Now I want to see who they get to play Aech!
Now I want to see who they get to play Aech!
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10:03AM on 02/25/2016

Awesome!

Really dig him as an actor, thought he was absolutely awesome in Mud. Have been looking forward to this since I read the book and even more so now
Really dig him as an actor, thought he was absolutely awesome in Mud. Have been looking forward to this since I read the book and even more so now
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12:07AM on 02/25/2016

:'(

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Okay, I'm not saying Tye Sheridan is a bad guy, a bad actor, or a bad choice for the lead role....but, guess what? From mid-January up until yesterday (February 23, 2016), Warner Bros. and casting directors Ellen Lewis and Debbie Delisi opened a worldwide casting call for Wade Watts for any male worldwide who is 18 to 24 years of age. That's right! They were looking for "new" talent. Tye is not "new", he already is an actor with THE TREE OF LIFE, SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE,
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Okay, I'm not saying Tye Sheridan is a bad guy, a bad actor, or a bad choice for the lead role....but, guess what? From mid-January up until yesterday (February 23, 2016), Warner Bros. and casting directors Ellen Lewis and Debbie Delisi opened a worldwide casting call for Wade Watts for any male worldwide who is 18 to 24 years of age. That's right! They were looking for "new" talent. Tye is not "new", he already is an actor with THE TREE OF LIFE, SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, and the upcoming X-MEN: APOCALYPSE among many others. I'm 21 and he's 19. I mean, younger guys are taking what could've been my roles. I'm not saying I should've gotten the part since it was a long shot anyways and I said in my audition that even if I don't play Wade Watts, I'm still excited for this movie. But, this announcement just leaves me feeling a bit betrayed and depressed. Does this mean I won't be in any awesome Hollywood movie? As of this comment, I don't know. But hey, Tye gets to lock lips with Olivia Cooke and guys who auditioned like me get tricked into auditioning for a role that they were going to give to an actor who already is actor with fame and fortune. How is that fair? I hope dreamers other than me who read understand where I'm coming from!
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8:47AM on 02/25/2016
Welcome to Hollywood. Those "open casting calls" are rarely anything more than just a publicity stunt. Of course they were going to go with an actor with a substantial resume.
Welcome to Hollywood. Those "open casting calls" are rarely anything more than just a publicity stunt. Of course they were going to go with an actor with a substantial resume.
7:58PM on 02/24/2016
A white guy eh? DIdn't see that coming.
A white guy eh? DIdn't see that coming.
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6:18PM on 02/25/2016
I know, right? What idiots would cast someone that fits the author's original vision when they could have done stunt, ethnic casting to get more publicity. What a bunch of stupid assholes!
I know, right? What idiots would cast someone that fits the author's original vision when they could have done stunt, ethnic casting to get more publicity. What a bunch of stupid assholes!
5:23AM on 02/28/2016
Yah why is this racist piece of shit even being made, it was written by someone that didn't suffer enough.
Yah why is this racist piece of shit even being made, it was written by someone that didn't suffer enough.
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