Olivia Cooke will play Art3mis in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg’s latest has found its Art3mis! Following the actress’ inclusion on a short list earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl‘s Olivia Cooke will play the female lead in Ready Player One.
A Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures production, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name. The film 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.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts, 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.
Olivia Cooke will star as Ar3mis, an OASIS avatar belonging to the coincidentally-named Samantha Cook. Olivia Cooke, who has also been on the big screen in films like The Signal and Ouija, is also well-known for her leading role as Emma Decody on A&E’s “Bates Motel.”
As of yet, no cast as been announced for any of the other roles. Ready Player One is slated to hit theaters December 15, 2017.
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