Olivia Cooke Will Insert a Token Into 'Ready Player One'

Olivia Cooke Will Insert a Token Into 'Ready Player One'

Sep 11, 2015

Just last week a shortlist hit the Internet reporting the final contenders for the lead female role in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One were Elle Fanning, Lola Kirke (Mistress America), and Olivia Cooke. And today we've got an even shorter shortlist. It has just one name on it: Olivia Cooke.

Cooke was already a bit of a rising star thanks to the horror movies The Quiet Ones and Ouija, but that star started to skyrocket after her titular role in the Sundance hit (with critics, at least; audiences didn't turn out quite as much) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. In Ready Player One, Cooke will be taking on the role of Sam / Art3mis, who is both the love interest of and competitor against the main character, a boy named Wade who has yet to be cast.

The game they're playing is a virtual treasure hunt through an online world called OASIS, where players seek out Easter Eggs hidden within the virtual world by its eccentric billionaire creator. Find them all and you'll inherit his fortune. It's basically Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, only instead of a chocolate factor, it's an infinite virtual world filled with '80s movie and TV references.

 

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