Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One just found its biggest piece. Tye Sheridan — whom we’ll see playing Cyclops in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse — is set to play the lead character of Wade, AKA Parzival. Deadline reported the news of the casting. Sheridan joins Olivia Cooke, who’ll play Art3mis, and Ben Mendelsohn, who’ll play the villainous Nolan Sorrento.
Ready Player One is set in a near future where everyone in the world is connected via an online, virtual reality called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he creates a Willy Wonka-esque treasure hunt for control of the company which several people, including the avatars Parzival and Art3mis, dedicate their lives to. It’s a crazy, pop culture-influenced futuristic adventure.
If you don’t recognise Sheridan, that’s because he’s mostly been flying under the radar. His big breakout was Mud, he got a major role in the X-Men universe as the the young Cyclops, and last year he starred in Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. That last one was a terrible movie, but Sheridan was solid in it, and he’s a great choice to play this character, who is meek in reality but ultra confident in OASIS.
Ready Player One is scheduled to be released in the US on 30 March 2018.