Did you spot these pop culture references in the ‘Ready Player One’ trailer?

Steven Spielberg's new film is out March 30, 2018

The film rights to Ready Player One were bought in 2010, before the bestselling novel it was based on had even been published. Years later, Warner Bros’ gamble seems to have paid off: under the direction of Steven Spielberg, it’s already looking like one of the biggest blockbusters of 2018.

The central premise is this: Wade Watts is an orphan living in a slummy 2045, where the only escape from his harsh reality is a VR system called OASIS. The creator of the system has hidden an Easter Egg inside the virtual world, and whoever finds it is in line for ownership of OASIS and a $240bn fortune – one Watts looks set to win, until the interference of an evil group called IOI (Innovative Online Industries).

From the new trailer, released over the weekend (December 10), the plot doesn’t seem to matter so much in itself as what it allows Spielberg to do visually: crammed into the fictional world of OASIS is a list of hulking pop-culture favourites as long as your arm, from the worlds of film, videogames, comics and more. In the new trailer we get a glimpse of loads of them, from King Kong to Harley Quinn – check it out below:

How many did you catch? Here’s who we caught:

1. King Kong

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2. Harley Quinn & The Joker

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3. Gundam

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4. Child’s Play‘s Chucky

5. Overwatch‘s Tracer and Sreet Fighter‘s Chun-Li

6. Lara Croft (hiding in plain sight)

7. Battletoads

8. Street Fighter‘s Ryu

9. Deathstroke

10. Street Fighter‘s Blanka

11. Battleborn‘s El Dragón

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