Ben Mendelsohn Joins the Cast of Ready Player One

We haven’t heard too much about the adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One following the news that Steven Spielberg would be directing the film. On the heels of that announcement we learned Spielberg was hoping to pull Gene Wilder out of retirement for a specific role, but nothing really solidified there.

Now we have word that Ben Mendelsohn has joined the cast as the villainous Nolan Sorrento. Mendelsohn has been impressing lately with roles in The Dark Knight Rises,  Mississipi Grind, his excellent turn on Netflix’s Bloodline, and a role in the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Tale.


Sorrento serves as the face of his ‘evil corporation’, tasked with solving the massive easter egg hunt that is the main focus of Ready Player One. The film takes a look at a vast treasure hunt between a number of online pop culture experts searching for control of the virtual reality world they inhabit. That’s a pretty bland synopsis for a book that is anything but bland, though I don’t want to offer too many details for those of you who still haven’t checked out this book.

Ready Player One coverMendelsohn joins the previously cast Olivia Cooke as Sam/Art3mis, one of the lead “Gunters” searching for the various easter eggs. Mendelsohn will no doubt offer us a very unique villain to enjoy as this adaptation continues to develop.

We’ll have to wait patiently for further casting, including the lead role of Wade Watts/Parzival, and his best friend Aech, to name a few. I’m pretty excited to see this film on the big screen as the book is a newfound favorite of mine.

Ready Player One is set to hit theaters December 15, 2017, though that could still change at this point.

Are you excited to see this adaptation on the big screen? Afraid Spielberg won’t be able to capture some of the moments that stand out in the book? Let us know in the comments section below or join the discussion on the Grizzlybomb Facebook page!

Images: Netflix, Random House Publishing

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