Simon Pegg In Talks to Join ‘Ready Player One’

By March 17, 2016

Despite being delayed several months in order to avoid being dominated by Star Wars: Episode VIII in December 2017, Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ready Player One, based on the beloved novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, is progressing nicely towards production.

After casting Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, and just recently Tye Sheridan as the film’s lead role, it looks like Spielberg’s cast for this one just got even better too.

THR is reporting that actor Simon Pegg is reportedly in talks to join the film’s cast as Ogden Morrow, the co-creator of Oasis, the virtual world in which the film takes place. Production on the film is set to begin in June of this year, with Cooke playing the film’s female lead, and Mendelssohn tapped to play the adaptation’s main villain as well.

The film will follow Sheridan’s character, a teenage boy, who embarks on a treasure hunt across a virtual world, competing against deadly and ruthless foes in order to find the grand prize left by the world’s creator following his death, which just so happens to be his entire fortune.

Listen, Ready Player One was already going to be an incredibly nerdy movie, despite some of Spielberg’s worrying comments from a few months ago, so casting Pegg, who is highly-regarded amongst the fan community, is a pretty smart move. Especially considering his last role onscreen was in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, even if you might not have known it was him.

Already surrounded by a small group of incredibly talented younger and older actors as well, Pegg joins what is quickly becoming one of the most interesting casts in Hollywood right now. Whether or not the adaptation will be able to capture the same kind of fun tone that made Cline’s novel so beloved in the first place will have to wait to be seen, but if one thing is for sure, it looks like Spielberg and co. are at least doing one hell of a job filling it out onscreen.

Ready Player One is set to hit theatres on March 30th, 2018.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable