Part of the charm of Ready Player One is the sheer number of iconic cameos that make their way over from other prominent franchises. And today’s trailer brings those cameos out in droves.
The trailer is titled Come with Me and is backed by “Pure Imagination”, a fantastic take on the classic song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And contrary to the first two trailers for the film, this time we get to see quite a bit of action taking place within the real world.
If you’re unfamiliar with the property, Ready Player One takes place in 2045 and revolves around a virtual world known as the Oasis. Due to overpopulation, pollution, corruption, and climate change, much of Earth’s cities have essentially become slums. So the Oasis has become the go-to place for everyday things like work, education and recreation.
The creator of the Oasis, James Halliday, has recently died. And he’s left his $500 billion dollar fortune up for grabs. You simply have to find the hidden Easter egg that he has left somewhere within the Oasis.
Thus sets up the plot of a shady organization known as IOI who are savagely seeking control of the virtual world. Our main characters of Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and Samantha Cook (Olivia Cooke), knowing what it would mean if IOI controlled the Oasis, form a revolution of sorts to stop it from happening.
It’s a wonder how director Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. Pictures were able to secure all of these notable IPs. Even though many of them are already under the Warner Bros. banner. Specifically in today’s trailer, we have The Iron Giant, the DeLorean, a mention of Mario Kart, Jurassic Park‘s T-Rex, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, Halo, and a ton more. It’s truly epic fanfare.
The movie hits theaters on March 29th. Let’s hope that Spielberg nails what made Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel so special as he brings it to the big screen.