It looks like the Ready Player One movie is closing in on casting its villain, as Steven Spielberg and co. are looking to cast Ben Mendelsohn.
According to anonymous sources via THR, if a deal is signed, Mendelsohn will play the villainous role of Nolan Sorrento. In Ernest Cline’s novel (which just so happens to be on our list of the 50 best sci-fi books of all-time), Nolan Sorrento is a high-level ISP officer who wants to monetize the OASIS.
If cast in the role, it will be Mendelsohn’s second biggest role to date (the first being this year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). He currently stars in Bloodline on Netflix, but he has also appeared in The Dark Knight Rises, Exodus: Gods and Kings, and Killing Them Softly.
As it stands right now, the only member of the Ready Player One cast that has been confirmed is Olivia Cooke, who will play the role of Art3mis.