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New Trailer: 'Ready Player One,' From Steven Spielberg

11 December 2017

Ever since we found out that Cline's popular science fiction novel Ready Player One was getting an adaptation by Steven Speilberg way back in 2015, we've been waiting for this very moment.

Like the teaser, the Ready Player One trailer blurs the lines between pop culture creature comforts and escapism with our hero's IRL status being less fun than all the VAN FREAKING HALEN blasting throughout the preview would suggest. Steven Spielberg is directing from a script by Ernest Cline, Zak Penn and Eric Eason with a score provided by Alan Silvestri.

Aside from a few villains who also want control of the OASIS, there are endless Easter eggs from other films and video games. The film is slated for release worldwide beginning 30th March, 2018, and will be distributed by Warner Bros.

Right off the bat, it's clear Spielberg is changing some things from Cline's novel, for better or worse. You can find Ryu, Chun-Li, and Sagat in the trailer.

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With the world on the brink of chaos and collapse.

For two minutes, the trailer does a good job establishing the protagonist Wade Watts, as well as why the chase scene in the SDCC footage is happening in the first place. The OASIS's creator was also a huge fan of classic pop culture from the 1980s and '90s, and when he dies he creates a scavenger hunt of clues and references from the era-Easter eggs-for the OASIS's inhabitants to find. When Halliday dies, he leaves his vast fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world.

Starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, and Mark Rylance, see the trailer and poster (which contains extremities that could've used another glance before hitting export on Photoshop) below.

New Trailer: 'Ready Player One,' From Steven Spielberg