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Steven Spielberg taps Olivia Cooke for lead in Ready Player One

on September 12, 2015, 11:00am

Steven Spielberg has found the female lead for his upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Olivia Cooke is in final negotiations to appear in the film

Spielberg was hoping to cast both his male and females leads simultaniously during readings in New York and LA. While he’s still looking for the actor to fill the role of the male character Wade, Cooke is set to play Wade’s love interest, Sam.

Ready Player One is an adaptation of Cline’s 2011 best-selling dystopian sci-fi novel in which teens escape the harsh reality of their world into OASIS, a digital environment structured after the pop culture of the ’70s and ’80s. When the protagonist discovers to the hidden treasure locked within the game, he must protect himself from other players desperate to claim victory themselves, including the Canadian blogger and object of his affection, Sam, aka Art3mis.

Coming from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow, Ready Player One is targeting a December 2017 release.

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