X-Men: Apocalypse star Tye Sheridan will star in Ready Player One film adaptation
Tye Sheridan, who’ll be playing Scott Summers aka Cyclops, in the upcoming Marvel film X-Men: Apocalypse, was just announced to play main protagonist Wade Watts in the Steven Spielberg directed movie Ready Player One, which is an adaptation of the book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
Sheridan now joins Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendesohn in the story that is set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.
Sheridan’s casting comes after numerous waves of searches dating back to the fall of 2015. Spielberg read and tested across several continents but was never quite happy. In an unusual situations, the romantic interest and the villain were picked even as the lead role remained vacant.
In a last ditch effort and showing the difficulties of the search, the studio and the casting directors even took the unusual position to make the search an open call, setting up the website ReadyPlayerOne.com, basically letting the entire world submit for the part of Wade Watts.
In this futuristic society, Wade Watts is one of several players involved in a worldwide virtual game to win a jackpot worth billions of dollars. Of course, he and the other competitors have to solve tricky riddles, riddles that involve 80s pop culture references, to unlock the keys to the next phase of the contest. And there are others willing to kill for such a prize.
You can see Tye in X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016.
Source: Hollywood Reporter