Steven Spielberg’s New BFF Mark Rylance Joins ‘Ready Player One’
Earlier this week, Steven Spielberg announced an upcoming project, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which would star recent Oscar-winner Mark Rylance. Rylance won his Oscar for Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, and stars in Spielberg’s upcoming The BFG. Now, comes word that Rylance will join his fourth straight Spielberg project, the upcoming sci-fi adventure Ready Player One. Geez, get a room, you two.
The film, based on the book by Ernest Cline, would star Rylance as James Donovan Halliday, the creator of OASIS, a massive virtual world. After his death, a teen finds himself in an online treasure hunt to find a series of clues that lead to Halliday’s massive fortune.
Considering the death of Rylance’s character is a major part of the plot, it’s possible he will not be in the film as much as Mendelsohn, who is expected to be the film’s lead villain. Rylance will also be filming Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk at the same time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which will also limit his availability to Ready Player One, but considering both projects at Warner Bros. movies, scheduling isn’t expected to be a problem.
The role of Halliday was reportedly one that Spielberg was hoping to lure Gene Wilder out of retirement to play, but after Wilder formally passed, Spielberg turned to his new go-to actor.
Rylance joins a cast that includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg and Ben Mendelsohn.
Ready Player One is set to open in theaters on March 30, 2018.