Steven Spielberg Has Begun Shooting ‘Ready Player One’

Matthew Loffhagen
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The first week of filming on Steven Spielberg’s next movie, ‘Ready Player One’, has been completed.

In a tweet last Friday, screenwriter Zak Penn announced that the movie’s initial shooting had begun, expressing his excitement at the project and paying tribute to the movie’s source material.

The movie will star Tye Sheridan, best known for his performance as Scott Summers (AKA Cyclops) in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Sheridan will play the protagonist, Wade Watts, a video game enthusiast. The movie will also star popular actors such as Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, and TJ Miller.

‘Ready Player One’ initially started life as a novel by Earnest Cline, before being picked up by Spielberg for a big budget movie adaptation. The story centers around a group of young gamers in a dystopian future who compete in a digital simulation that’s full of pop culture references and video game tropes. When virtual reality game creator James Halliday dies, teenager Wade Watts goes on a quest through the digital world of OASIS to solve the creators last great puzzle in the hopes of getting his hands on Halliday’s fortune.

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The young adult novel debuted to critical acclaim, leading Spielberg to take on the project of bringing the story to the big screen.

Spielberg’s most recent film, ‘The BFG’, an adaptation of the Roald Dahl children’s book of the same name, has been underperforming at the box office, as the more popular Pixar animation ‘Finding Dory’ continues to bring in the lion’s share of movie audiences.

‘Ready Player One’, which is due for release in 2018, will look to appeal to a very different audience to ‘The BFG’, aiming primarily at young adults.

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