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The cast for Steven Spielberg‘s ‘Ready Player One‘ is being fleshed out as Ben Mendelsohn (‘The Dark Knight Rises’,’Killing Them Softly’) is currently being eyed to play the lead villain in the film.

This movie will be rapidly expanding his genre work as we know he has already been tapped to star in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.’ I’m sure that working with Spielberg will help cement his future availability in the realm of science fiction. While Warner Brothers has no comment on this casting it sounds like he hasn’t only met with the studio, but that there is an offer on the table and the final negotiations to be squared away.

If the deal goes through, Mendelsohn will be joining Olivia Cooke (‘Bates Motel’,’Ouija’) who would be playing the love interest of the currently uncast male lead in this big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s best selling novel. Mendelsohn would take on the role of an executive at an Internet company that has plans for the virtual world known as Oasis where the novel takes place.

Are you familiar with Ben Mendelsohn’s work and think that he’ll be able to play the villain in ‘Ready Player One’? What are your thoughts on Spielberg being able to bring this film to life on the big screen? Share your thoughts below!

Novel Synopsis:

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

‘Ready Player One’ will be showing up in theaters on December 15, 2017

Source: The Hollywood Reporter