There's a new trailer out for Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of Ready Player One, a pop-culture encyclopedia in narrative fiction form. The latest video sheds some more light on the film's plot where one hero tries to save the (VR) world from an evil corporation. True to form, there's even a neat little cameo from Overwatch's Tracer and Street Fighter's Chun-Li.
You can see the two cameos at the 2:04 mark of the new trailer below.
"My name's Wade Watts. My dad picked that name because it sounded like a superhero's alter-ego. Like, Peter Parker or Bruce Banner." From the opening lines of the new trailer, you know exactly what you're signing up for. The original novel was a pop-culture, name-dropping extravaganza that recited nerd culture like holy scripture. Sometimes quite literally.
Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Wade Watts the film's main protagonist, an orphan teen who escapes into a virtual reality game world called the Oasis. Hidden in the Oasis is a easter egg left by its creator that grants whoever finds it half a trillion dollars and control of the Oasis game. This starts a race between Watts, a corporate bad guy played by Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One) and the resistance led by Olivia Cooke (Oujia) to find the easter egg.
While the film first advertised itself as a "Holy grail of pop-culture" the novel has felt a backlash of sorts since the film's first trailer was released earlier this year. While fans found the novel to be a fun, zippy adventure, its critics argued that the novel's worship of pop-culture is to its overall detriment.
With famed director Steven Spielberg behind the film however, the movie will at least find a way to delight audiences when the film drops on March 30, 2018.