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Simon Pegg set for Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

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Star Trek and Shaun Of The Dead star Simon Pegg is all set to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s next project, the adaptation of the novel Ready Player One. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the British actor is up for the role of OASIS creator Orgen Morrow in the film version of Ernest Cline’s best-seller of the same name.

Spielberg is still hard at work on his retelling of the Roald Dahl novel The B.F.G., and earlier on this week, we heard that he will re-team with Harrison Ford for a fifth Indiana Jones movie, but we’re sure that Ready Player One will go into production in between those two projects.

Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook and Ben Mendelsohn are already cast in Ready Player One, which will go into production later this year. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a recap from the source material.

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.

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