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T.J. Miller talks about his Boba Fett type character in Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation

Steven Spielberg is currently working on the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, T.J. Miller and Ben Mendelsohn.

Miller is playing a character that wasn’t in the book called i-R0k.

– – UPDATE: i-R0k is in the book, but only a couple of times and is a griefer/troll type. Been a while since I read the book and I had forgotten. Didn’t help that Miller said it was a new character. Sounds like they’ve just changed him for the film. Thanks to Xabier Ramírez for reminding me. END OF UPDATE —

It was thought he was going to be some kind of Internet Troll, but turns out he is a bounty hunter. Miller spoke to Fandango about the role and gave some more details on the character:

I’m not in the book. Some plot points are different, but I’m the only new character. I play i-R0k and basically I am a funny, or at least mildly amusing, Boba Fett. In the OASIS, I am a better player than Aech or Daito or any of those guys. I am sort of unequivocally the best bounty hunter, but I work freelance. While all the Sixers work for IOI and Sorrento, he has to commission me and I get an incredibly high fee to either find people and kill them or make them starve in the game.

My character in the movie wants to be Boba Fett. Like that’s his hero, his idol, which isn’t far off for many Star Wars fans, myself included.

“I actually mimicked Boba Fett’s voice. And in the original Star Wars he only ever speaks four or five times in the movies, so I could only learn from ‘What about me? He’s no good to me dead.’ And then ‘As you wish.’ And I used the British actor’s voice instead of the f***ing Australian’s from the prequels – Lucas, you son of a bitch! – and so, I think it’s actually a really fun character.

I’m positive that acting will be good and I like all the people he got – even though they’re younger kids – nothing in the world will have ever looked like this. Basically, it looks like a video game when not in the real world. And because it’s Steven Spielberg, it looks better than any video game on the market. Because of his access and resources, Gears of War and f***ing Call of Duty can’t even touch it. I think they’re inventing new technology for it. So, yeah, I’m excited for 2018.

I like the sound of that and I am a fan of T.J. Miller, but do you think it is a good fit for the story?

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

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