Tye Sheridan is set to play Wade, the lead character in Steven Spielberg‘s next movie Ready Player One.
Ready Player One is based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, and sees teens including lead character Wade Watts escape reality by absorbing themselves into the virtual digital world of OASIS.
OASIS is based around puzzles connected with 70s and 80s pop culture, and comes to life as its creator unlocks easter eggs in the game on his death. In the book, OASIS is also a society in its own right and even has its own currency.
Sheridan has previously featured in X-Men: Apocalypse, in which he plays Cyclops, as well as in Mud and The Stanford Prison Experiment.
Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones, The Signal) and Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises, Australia) will also star in the movie.
Ready Player One is currently at pre-production stage, and is expected to reach cinemas in Spring of 2018.
Spielberg, meanwhile, weighed into the Oscar racism debate recently, saying:
“You have to look back a couple of years, where Lupita [Nyong’o] was recognized for Twelve Years a Slave, Twelve Years a Slave won Best Picture, you know? I don’t believe that there is inherent or dormant racism because of the amount of white Academy members.”