Every year at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. shows up for their annual Saturday morning panel in Hall H with a ton of new footage, and 2017 is certainly no exception. The studio has a number of high-profile projects on their slate, and they kicked things off this morning with the first look at Steven Spielberg’s anticipated adaptation of Ready Player One.
For the uninitiated, Ernest Cline’s novel takes place in the near future, where most of humanity has become obsessed with a digital realm called OASIS – think something along the lines of Second Life, but with a full virtual interface and incredible lifelike visuals. Tye Sheridan plays Wade Watts, a user trying to unravel one of OASIS’ biggest secrets – which puts him squarely in the crosshairs of a menacing conglomerate.
Chock-full of pop culture references – many of which can be glimpsed in this teaser – the film also stars Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and T.J. Miller. Except the stars to share plenty of screen time with the likes of The Iron Giant, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, and a host of other recognizable elements from across the pop culture spectrum.
Ready Player One hits theaters on March 30, 2018.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), 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 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.