Word has it that the live-action adaption of Ready Player One has landed its female lead.
The best selling sci-fi novel by Ernie Cline – from which the upcoming movie is based- sees a teenage boy by the name of Wade Watts who find himself competing in a 80’s themed treasure hunt in a massive virtual world against a ruthless corporation after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize. Along to way, Wade encounters, competes, and later teams up with Sam – alias Art3mis – a female blogger from Canada.
While the search for the books titular hero is still underway, director Steven Spielberg has just about all but locked down its Art3mis.
Previous reads/tests once had Elle Fanning and Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Gone Girl) pegged for the role, but it is Olivia Cooke (Earl and the Dying Girl, Bates Motel) who has rose to the top. While no deal has been officially made, this up and coming star is in supposed final negotiations.
In the virtual world of Oasis, everyone operates as avatars. Some of the character’s model their avatars after how they themselves look, with minor changes. Others create avatars that look nothing like their real life personas. The book describes Art3mis:
“a majority of female avatars assume one of two shapes, either thin like a supermodel or top-heavy like a porn star, Art3mis’ frame was short and curvy — Rubenesque.”
Looking at Olivia, its visually apparent that she is anything but.
The books hero does later observes that Sam/Art3mis avater was pretty much exactly how she looked IRL, except for one minor blemish she was self conscious about.
So at this point it’s unclear whether Cooke will play the digital version of Sam, or her real world self, or both.
Olivia did fine work in Earl and the Dying Girl, and I’m sure she’ll be fine in this role. And yes, the character was described as being “curvy,” but alas, this is Hollywood after all… pretty people, pretty people everywhere.
Fans of the book can only wonder what they’ll do to the other main character known as Aech. There’s no chance Aech is going to come out of this as originally written.
Ready Player One is set for theatrical release Dec. 15, 2017.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter