‘Ready Player One’ Lead Actress Shortlist Includes Three Rising Stars

By September 2, 2015

Fans of the novel have been clamoring for a film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” for years now. The novel is one of the most creative new sci-fi stories of the past few years, and combines both the sci-fi and gaming fandoms together into one, making it almost too perfect of a story to be told on the big screen. Now, with Steven Spielberg already attached to direct the project and with Warner Bros. producing – it looks like fans might finally be getting the Ready Player One film they’ve been waiting for. Hopefully, at least.

The movie is set to come out in just a little over two years from now, and not much is known about the film adaptation at this point. Though with Spielberg attached to make his first sci-fi film in years, as well as the novel’s devoted following – fans can likely expect to hear some more concrete announcements sometime in the relative future.

TheWrap is reporting today though that WB may have narrowed down their search for the lead actress in the film, to play the role of Art3mis, who is the avatar of Samantha Cook in the movie’s virtual reality world called OASIS. According to the report, actresses Lola Kirke (Mistress America), Elle Fanning (Maleficent), and Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) are three of five names currently being looked at for the part. There is still no word on who will be playing the film’s lead character, Wade Watts, a male OASIS user who sets out to find an invaluable prize by completing a number of challenges.

Out of the three actresses, Fanning has been in the most notable roles up to this point, and that might make her the most reliable choice out of the three. However, both Lola Kirke and Olivia Cooke have been recieving massive critical acclaim for their work in both Mistress America and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, so it is entirely possible that the momentum behind their respective careers could help them to land the part.

Whoever it is that they decide to play the role though, whether it be one of these three or the other two unknown names, it’s clear that Spielberg and WB are looking at some very talented actresses for this part. If it were up to me though, I’d probably go with Lola Kirke because following her turn in Mistress America, I’d like to see what she could do in this kind of large, sci-fi epic. That might just be me though.

Ready Player One is set to be released on December 15, 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

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