Simon Pegg Joins Ready Player One

Has Simon Pegg logged on for ‘Ready Player One’?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 46-year-old actor and self-confessed geek is in talks for a role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of ‘Ready Player One’.

“Simon Pegg is in negotiations to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi film Ready Player One,” they revealed. “Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn also star in the big-screen adaptation of the best-seller.”

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But who would Simon Pegg be playing?

“[Simon] Pegg will play Orgen Morrow,” they revealed, “the co-creator of Oasis.”

Tye Sheridan leads the cast as Parzival – a teenager who finds himself competing in an online treasure hunt inside a virtual world known as Oasis. Helping him is Olivia Cooke as Art3mis, a fellow hunter and online whiz.

And the grand prize? Ownership of Oasis itself.

Oasis was originally created by James Donovan Halliday, along with his friend Ogden Morrow… and after Halliday’s death, the contest to find a hidden Easter Egg within the virtual world was revealed.

“Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow are behind the movie, which adapts the best-selling sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline and is in the midst of casting as it heads towards a June start.”

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But is SImon Pegg the right fit?

His geek credentials certainly give him a bit of an edge when it comes to playing the Steve Wozniak of ‘Ready Player One’… and after appearances in ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ he’s no stranger to big screen sci-fi.

‘Ready Player One’ is being produced by Steven Spielberg, and is based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Ernest Cline. Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah will also produce under the Amblin Partners banner.

‘Ready Player One’ heads to cinemas on 30 March 2018.

Are you looking forward to ‘Ready Player One’ Does Simon peg make a good fit for Ogden Morrow? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston

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Ryan Leston is the Founder and Editor of Screen Jolt. He's a big movie nerd from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up.