Though I’m very, very nervous about the casting and changes from the book for the upcoming film Ready Player One, this news is a balm to my rattled soul. Today THR is reporting that Simon Pegg, nerd king, writer and actor (Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead) will play the great and powerful Og, otherwise known as Orgen Morrow, the co-creator of the virtual world OASIS.
As you may know, Steven Spielberg is directing, Ty Sheridan will play the lead character, Wade, Olivia Cooke will play Art3mis and Ben Mendelsohn will play Nolan. The story is set around Wade, a young man in a dystopian near future where everyone spends most of their time in a virtual world. One of the co-creators of that world dies and leaves his fortune to anyone who can solve his virtual reality puzzles. The clues are all based in eighties pop culture. The book by Ernest Cline is brilliant and one of my all-time favorites, so I’m a bit nervous. Especially since Spielberg is reportedly not using his own ’80s properties. Still, Pegg just makes me happy.
What do you think of the casting? Are you excited for the film or as nervous as I am? Let me know in the comments. Ready Player One will hit theaters on March 30, 2018.