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Mark Rylance joins Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation

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Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg seem to enjoy working together. They have already made Bridge of Spies and The BFGRylance has also signed on to play Pope Pius IX in Spielberg’s The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

Spielberg will be making that one once he completes his adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. THR have the news that Rylance has also joined that film. He will be joining Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg and Ben Mendelsohn.

Here is the book synopsis:

It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia where you can be anything you want to be, where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade is obsessed by the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this alternate reality: OASIS founder James Halliday, who dies with no heir, has promised that control of the OASIS – and his massive fortune – will go to the person who can solve the riddles he has left scattered throughout his creation.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that the riddles are based in the culture of the late twentieth century. And then Wade stumbles onto the key to the first puzzle.

Suddenly, he finds himself pitted against thousands of competitors in a desperate race to claim the ultimate prize, a chase that soon takes on terrifying real-world dimensions – and that will leave both Wade and his world profoundly changed.

Spielberg had put together an amazing cast for this film and I cannot wait to see what he does with the book.

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