Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernie Cline’s Ready Player One just found its biggest piece. Tye Sheridan—whom we’ll see playing Cyclops in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse—is set to play the lead character of Wade, aka Parzival.
Ready Player One is set in a near future where everyone in the world is connected via an online, virtual reality called the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he creates a Willy Wonka-esque treasure hunt for control of the company which several people, including the avatars Parzival and Art3mis, dedicate their lives to. It’s a crazy, pop culture-influenced futuristic adventure.
If you don’t recognize Sheridan, that’s because he’s mostly been flying under the radar. His big breakout was Mud, he got a major role in the X-Men universe as the the young Cyclops, and last year he starred in Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse. That last one was a terrible movie, but Sheridan was solid in it, and he’s a great choice to play this character, who’s meek in reality, but ultra confident in OASIS.
Ready Player One is scheduled to be released March 30, 2018.