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Ready Player One: Mark Rylance in talks for Steven Spielberg film

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Mark Rylance and Steven Spielberg are on track to make their fourth movie together.

EW has confirmed that Rylance is in early talks to join Spielberg’s Ready Player One, the sci-fi adaptation of Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel.

Tye Sheridan is already on board to star as Wade Watts, a teenager traveling through a virtual reality world called OASIS, which is steeped in ‘70s and ‘80s pop culture references. Rylance would play James Donovan Halliday, the enigmatic founder of OASIS who promises to leave his entire fortune to anyone who can solve a massive treasure hunt through the virtual reality system.

Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn have already signed on to star, and Simon Pegg is also in negotiations to join the cast. Spielberg is directing from a script by Zak Penn.

Ready Player One will mark Spielberg and Rylance’s fourth collaboration in a short span of time: Rylance won an Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year for his role in the thriller Bridge of Spies, and he’ll next appear as the eponymous Big Friendly Giant in The BFG. Earlier this week, Spielberg lined up his next project: an adaptation of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, with Rylance joining the cast as Pope Pius IX.

After his Oscar win earlier this year, Rylance told EW and PEOPLE that he had considered giving up a movie career in favor of stage roles until Spielberg approached him and offered him a role in Bridge of Spies. “I would work with Steven no matter what medium he did,” Rylance told EW at the time. 

The Hollywood Reporter first reported Rylance’s involvement in Ready Player One.

Ready Player One is slated for release on March 30, 2018.

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