Steven Spielberg‘s next film, an adaptation of the novel Ready Player One, is currently in the middle of casting. Tye Sheridan will play the protagonist, while Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn will also star. Now, another fan-favorite actor is in negotiations to join the cast, and he’s no stranger to sci-fi films or tentpoles.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actor Simon Pegg is in talks to join Ready Player One. If his deal closes, he will play Ogden “Og” Morrow, the co-creator of the virtual world known as Oasis. Pegg certainly has plenty of experience with franchise films; he plays Scotty in the current Star Trek movies, Benji Dunn in the Mission: Impossible series, and Buck in a couple of Ice Age films.
Ready Player One is looking to begin production in June. Distributed by Warner Bros., the film will hit theaters on March 30th, 2018. Stay tuned for more news as we have it.