'Ready Player One' Adaptation Eyeing Ben Mendelsohn For Villain Role

By Matt O'Bryant

Recently nominated Golden Globe Actor Ben Mendelsohn is being eyed for the villain role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the New York Times Best Seller Ready Player One. This could be genius casting folks!  And like I said in an article a few days ago, Mendelsohn is amazing! If you don't understand my excitement for him to play a role in any film check out his amazing show Bloodline on Netflix, or any of his work in films like Animal Kingdom or even this year's small independent film Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds. This guy is an incredible force on screen and he is one of my favorite actors working today. Couldn't be happier about this news. Check out the full article from THR below, and the synopsis from the book.

Read the full press release from THR:

Ben Mendelsohn, the rising Australian actor who broke through with Netflix’s Bloodline, is in early talks to play the villain in Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, Ready Player One.

Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting but sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Mendelsohn has met on the project and has the offer, with negotiations at an early stage. If a deal makes, Mendelsohn would join Olivia Cooke in the Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow project that adapts the best-selling sci-fi novel by Ernie Cline.

Ready Player One is set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.

The search for the lead is still underway.

Cooke is playing the teen’s love interest and competitor, a Canadian blogger named Sam whose name in the virtual world is Art3mis.

Mendelsohn would play an executive for an Internet corporation that has designs on Oasis.

Spielberg is producing Player One with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah.

Mendelsohn has appeared in numerous movies in his native Australia, building a rep for playing shady characters. It’s his turn on Bloodline, playing the divisive brother of Kyle Chandler, that gained his many fans in Hollywood and led him to be cast in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, one of the most anticipated movies of 2016.
— The Hollywood Reporter

Check out the official book synopsis below:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines — puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win — and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
— Official Synopsis

Ready Player One is set to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017