Ready Player One

Tye Sheridan says ’Ready Player One’ is a metaphor for social media

Spielberg's new sci-fi takes on digital platforms

Tye Sheridan, the star of Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi Ready Player One, has said that the film is a “huge metaphor for social media” and reflects on issues surrounding the digital age. Check out NME‘s video interview above.

The film is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel and is set in 2045. It follows the story of Sheridan’s character Wade Watts, a poverty-stricken teenager who finds solace in the OASIS – a virtual universe where you can do anything.

But when the founder of this alternate reality, James Halliday (Mark Rylance) dies, a huge hunt is launched to discover the digital Easter Egg hidden somewhere in his creation that will allow the finder to inherit his massive fortune.

Speaking to NME on the red carpet at the UK premiere, Sheridan said that the film is “an ensemble story about five characters fighting for what they believe in for the good of the world, against an evil corporation who’s trying to take over.” He then described it as “an adventure and visually stunning”.

Digging deeper into the film’s subject matter, Sheridan said that there’s “a lot of humanity” at its heart.

“It has beautiful messages that we can all learn from,” he added. “It speaks to, I think, with what we’re dealing with now in 2018. The OASIS stands as such a huge metaphor and symbol for social media and some digital platforms that we all have and all encounter.

“So to me, that was very beautiful.”

Meanwhile, early reviews for Ready Player One suggest that Spielberg might have another addition to his bulging collection of classic films.

Check out NME‘s official review here.