Casting is now underway on the film adaptation of Ready Player One, which will be directed by Steven Spielberg. Olivia Cooke is already set to play the protagonist’s love interest, Sam/Art3mis, while the protagonist himself has yet to be cast. And now, the Warner Bros. film may have found its villain.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Ben Mendelsohn is in early negotiations to play the main villain in Ready Player One. The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story alum has met for the film and has been offered the role, but a deal hasn’t been signed yet. If Mendelsohn does join the film, he will play an executive for an Internet corporation that has designs on the virtual world known as Oasis.
Ready Player One is set to hit theaters on December 15th, 2017. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.