Ready Player One pulls in more nostalgia with the introduction to the OASIS using “Pure Imagination” from Gene Wilder’s 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It is fitting since both properties have similar themes with eccentric geniuses creating contests for the world.
Set 30 years in the future, the film finds the majority of the population taking refuge in a virtual-reality system called OASIS. It provides a nostalgic paradise after the rest of the world that has fallen to overpopulation, pollution, corruption — specifically ’80s nostalgia, thanks to the eccentric creator James Halliday’s (Mark Rylance) childhood affinity for the decade. When Halliday dies, he leaves his massive fortune up for grabs to whoever can solve the elaborate scavenger hunt he has hidden within OASIS, which is where our story begins. Tye Sheridan plays the plucky protagonist who is one of millions who embark on the scavenger hunt, while Olivia Cooke is the expert OASIS player Artemis, his foe and friend.
Steven Speilberg directs Ready Player One. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, TJ Miller, Lena Waithe, and Mark Rylance
Ready Player One is set to arrive in theaters on March 30, 2018