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Will Gene Wilder come out of retirement for upcoming Steven Spielberg movie?

08.11.2015
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Although Gene Wilder never officially retired from acting, the 82 year-old hasn't appeared on the big or small screen since his guest appearances on NBC's Will & Grace. However, the rumor is Steven Spielberg might be trying to convince the actor to come out of retirement.

Sources tell AICN that Wilder is being courted by Spielberg for one of his upcoming movies, saying "meetings will be or already have taken place." As for which film it could be, one source believes Spielberg is eyeing Wilder to voice a character in his THE BFG adaptation, but AICN speculates that he may want the actor to appear in READY PLAYER ONE as James Halliday, the Willy Wonka-ish creator of the virtual universe OASIS.

I again want to stress this is only a rumor, but it's a damn tasty one! According to IMDB, THE BFG is already in post-production, so if Gene Wilder does sign on, he could potentially record his voice-work for movie film in the very near future. If Wilder is going to return to acting, I would love to see him in a live-action role, but him possibly playing Halliday sounds just too good to be true. Do you think Spielberg is trying to coax Wilder out of retirement, and if so, for which project?

Steven Spielberg's Cold War thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES will be released on October 16, 2015, while THE BFG is scheduled to open on July 1, 2016, and it was recently announced that READY PLAYER ONE will be in theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Source: AICN

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12:42PM on 08/11/2015

If anyone can coax Gene Wilder out of retirement,

it's the Beard himself. And yes, Wilder would be perfect as Halliday.
it's the Beard himself. And yes, Wilder would be perfect as Halliday.
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10:45AM on 08/11/2015

Soooo

@ Salarian - A geriatric It's A Mad. Mad, Mad, Mad World? I like that idea.
@ Salarian - A geriatric It's A Mad. Mad, Mad, Mad World? I like that idea.
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10:31AM on 08/11/2015

What do you guys think?

Wilder has been out of the game for so long. I think he should really come back for 1 or 2 more movies and go out on a bang. He getting up there in age and I'd hate to see him depart this earth without having another good movie. Maybe they should make an Expendables style comedy with Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Gene Wilder, Ian McClellan, Kirk Douglas, Don Rickles, Sidney Poitier, Roger Moore, Max Von Sydow, and Christopher Plummer all directed by Mel Brooks. Just a bunch of names out
Wilder has been out of the game for so long. I think he should really come back for 1 or 2 more movies and go out on a bang. He getting up there in age and I'd hate to see him depart this earth without having another good movie. Maybe they should make an Expendables style comedy with Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery, Gene Wilder, Ian McClellan, Kirk Douglas, Don Rickles, Sidney Poitier, Roger Moore, Max Von Sydow, and Christopher Plummer all directed by Mel Brooks. Just a bunch of names out there. I know a bunch of them are retired but it would be awesome.
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9:25AM on 08/11/2015

wow

Wilder as Halliday in Ready Player One is awesome and inspired... really holding out for that
Wilder as Halliday in Ready Player One is awesome and inspired... really holding out for that
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