Olivia Cooke Lands the Lead in Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Movie
From Dying Girl to OASIS. Spielberg has cast the first major role in his upcoming adaptation of the beloved geek novel Ready Player One. Actress Olivia Cooke, last seen in this year's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (read my Sundance review), will star in Ready Player One as "Art3mis", one of the players that the lead character Wade Watts (or "Parzival") befriends and eventually falls for. While it's likely that Spielberg is also seeing actors for the other lead roles, no other names have been confirmed yet, and Cooke is the first one officially cast. THR seems to hint she has been offered the role, but is the only one with an offer so far.
Ready Player One is Spielberg's next movie following Bridge of Spies. It's currently in the early casting and pre-production stages, with an already-announced December 2017 release date. The script for Ready Player One comes from Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, The Avengers), who rewrote a previous draft by Eric Eason and Cline himself. The main character, Wade Watts, is still being cast along with his other good friend "Aech", another female role, as well as Daito & Shoto and OASIS creators James Halliday & Ogden Morrow (who is basically Steve Wozniak, so they should just cast Wozniak himself). We'll be keeping a close eye on this as casting continues, since I'm a huge fan of the book and cannot wait to see Spielberg's movie.
Olivia Cooke is 21 years old. In addition to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, she has recently appeared in Ouija, The Quiet Ones, and The Signal. She's a talented actress and a perfect choice for the role of Art3mis.