Warner Bros. has released the very first trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the acclaimed sci-fi novel Ready Player One by author Ernest Cline.
Set in a dystopian future where the poor live trailer homes stacked on top of eachother, Ready Player One follows teenager Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) as he journeys into the virtual reality game OASIS with the objective of finding a hidden easter egg. But in order to do so, Wade has to first find three keys and unlock three gates.
The sneak peek was shown during the Warner Bros. presentation at Hall H at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Spielberg himself and the film’s cast were on hand to introduce the footage and talk about the movie, which arrives in theaters next year.
You can watch the trailer below.
The film also stars Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T. J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, Win Morisaki and Philip Zhao. Here’s the official synopsis:
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense 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. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Ready Player One opens on March 30, 2018.
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