After word dropped that the Steven Spielberg helmed adaptation of the beloved Sci-Fi novel Ready Player One was being pushed back several months as to not be gobbled up in the tidal wave that will be Star Wars Episode VIII, a new announcement now has the pop culture world churning with excitement. The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Star Trek and Shaun Of The Dead star Simon Pegg is now in talks to join the world of OASIS.
Anticipation is high for the adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s hugely successful distopian novel and producers have been searching for a cast with true geek cred. Already cast is X-Men: Apocalypse’s Tye Sheridan as Parzival and Bates Motel’s Olivia Cook as Art3mis. However, nabbing Pegg for a role brings a huge amount of nerd credibility to the project that will already be loaded with enough gaming and pop culture references to keep even the most eagle eyed nerd coming back for multiple viewings.
Pegg will be playing Orgen Morrow, creator of the online world of OASIS whose immense fortune is the center of a massive easter egg hunt that sets off the series of events that puts the stars in the cross hairs of a deadly team of hunters.
Ready Player One is being produced by Spielberg via his Amblin Partners banner, along with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah.