Simon Pegg set to join Ready Player One

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 March 2016
Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg

Simon Pegg is in talks to join the cast of Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi movie 'Ready Player One'

Simon Pegg is set to join the cast of Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One'.

It's understood the 46-year-old is eyeing up the role of OASIS creator Orgen Morrow in the big-screen adaptation of Ernest Cline's best-selling book.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pegg could be set to join Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook and Ben Mendelsohn - who are already confirmed for the film.

Set in the near future, 'Ready Player One' follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When the eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.

A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, 'Ready Player One' movie is due for release on March 30, 2018.

It is being directed by Spielberg, who is also producing alongside Donald De Line - under his De Line Pictures banner - Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Bruce Berman will serve as executive producer.

While Pegg's casting for 'Ready Player One' is yet to be confirmed, he is set to reprise his role as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in Justin Lin's 'Star Trek Beyond' - which he has also co-written.

Ready Player One

  • 4 stars
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h 20min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
  • Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance

Wade (Sheridan) lives in a city wasteland of rusting trailers called The Stacks, spending his days playing (along with nearly everyone else) in a VR world called the OASIS. But then OASIS’s creator dies; who will inherit his fortune? Eye-popping blockbuster, relentlessly entertaining but without much emotion or involvement.

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