‘Ready Player One’ Searches for its Female Lead


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Star Wars: Episode VIII isn’t the only film looking for a female lead. Ready Player One, the film based on the debut novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, is reportedly looking at a trio of talented actresses for its leading female role according to The Wrap.

First up is Olivia Cooke. She had a breakout year in the indie darling Me and Earl And The Dying Girl, playing one of the titular roles (guess which one?). She’s also been crushing it on A & E’s dramatic prequel series Bates Motel. But as reported earlier Cooke is also being considered for a prominent role in Episode VIII. So right now it could be a matter of choosing which one she’d have a better shot at and whether or not she’d rather be possibly dedicated to a franchise like Star Wars.

Another name in the mix is Lola Kirke. She’s been slowly making headway, getting noticed in last year’s Gone Girl and currently starring in Noah Baumbach’s most recent flick Mistress America.

The best known of the three has to be Elle Fanning. She just finished filming on Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. She’s no stranger to sci-fi, having starred in the E.T-love letter Super 8 or fantasy with her supporting role as Aurora in Maleficent.

The three actresses are vying for the role of Art3mis, a fellow Egg Hunter (or “Gunter” as they are nicknamed) searching for the fabled Easter Egg of OASIS creator James Halliday that will give the finder unlimited riches and control over the virtual reality world.

Also being rumored for roles are Gene Wilder as James Halliday and Jurassic World’s Nick Robinson as Wade Watts / Parzival, another Gunter who becomes the first person to solve Halliday’s first puzzle and really amp up the search for the life-changing Easter Egg.

The Steven Spielberg-directed film is slated to hit theaters December 15, 2017.


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