Steven Spielberg is one of Hollywood's most accomplished directors, and after delivering cinematic classics to the masses for over 40 years, he's venturing into new territory next year: the virtual world. Ready Player One, based on Ernest Cline's 2011 novel of the same name, promises to be one of 2018's more unique blockbusters thanks to its unique premise, and having Spielberg at the helm only boosts its chances of success. Now we finally have the first Ready Player One trailer to take in following its debut at San Diego Comic-Con. Check it out!
Following on the heels of the footage just shown at the Warner Bros panel at SDCC, the official Ready Player One trailer gives us our first taste of the digitally-powered action coming next spring. Only a couple decades into the future, Earth's problems are worse than ever, from overpopulation to pollution. For many, the only respite from everyday life is going into the OASIS, an expansive virtual world where, as main protagonist Wade Watts explains, the only limits of reality are your own imagination.
Once inside the OASIS, we get tastes of what's possible in this world, from a cybernetically-enhanced monster shooting Freddy Krueger to a hectic race where one of the participants is riding a light cycle from Tron to hanging out with the freakin' Iron Giant (who will play a major role in the movie)! As those who've read the Ready Player One novel know, this story is packed with pop culture references, especially from the 1980s, and the movie won't hold back on delivering that nostalgia to moviegoers. And judging by the Iron Giant's inclusion, perhaps we'll seen classic movies, TV shows and other entertainment from the 1990s or even 2000s thrown in that weren't in the book.
As in the original novel, the Ready Player One novel will revolve around Wade Watts trying to find the Easter egg left behind by OASIS creator James Halliday before his death. Whoever finds the Easter egg will inherit Halliday's wealth, but they will need to solve a series of puzzles centered around Halliday's fondness for pop culture from near the end of the 20th century. For years OASIS players have been trying to figure out how to find the Easter egg, and Wade finally starts to make significant progress with that on his own, others will soon start going after him so they can obtain Halliday's prize for themselves. Ready Player One's main cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and T.J. Miller.
Ready Player One hits theaters on March 30, 2018.