This morning fans of Ready Player One were treated to a brand-new trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation by Steven Spielberg of Ernest Cline‘s novel for Warner Bros.
The trailer is brilliant, calming some of my more troubling fears that the changes from book-to-screen were going to be too much, take too much away from the magic of the source material.
I’ll be the first to admit, the use of Depeche Mode’s “World In My Eyes” really helped set the tone for me during the first half of the trailer, but the incredible basket of easter eggs contained therein is what made me fall in love with it all over again. Scroll down for some screenshots and descriptions of what we noticed and some of the super awesome additions to the film.
Our gallery of screenshots and egg descriptions:
First look at Wade Watt’s OASIS avatar, Parzival
QR code there on the young Halliday cover of the WIRED magazine.
Our first look at the Golden Egg, James Halliday’s version of Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. The final prize at the end of Anorak’s Quest
Parzival gets the first key, the copper key from Anorak.
King Kong makes a brief appearance on top of the Empire State building.
Art3mis on her Akira bike, which happens to have a WonderWoman logo on it.
Blanka from Street Fighter right behind Art3mis and that bartender is wearing a Devo hat.
The OASIS librarian (new character invented for the film) giving Parzival and Art3mis what looks like the 1up coin.
Close up on the boombox Parzival holds up, bet that’s a copy of Peter Gabriel’s “SO” cued up to “In Your Eyes” there. Or it’s Rush, because we all know Rush *is* variety, man.
Joker and Harley seen dancing the night away during Og’s birthday party sequence.
The Iron Giant takes the place of Ultra Man from the book during the final battle for the castle.
The charge of OASIS users with some notable IP’s included like Battletoads, a 1991 rival to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The starting line of the great race, a new scene just for the film that isn’t in the book. Such vehicles as The Batmobile, Mach 5, The Intercepter from Mad Max, and what looks like the War Rig from “Fury Road” in the distance there.
Parzival doing his best John Cusack in “Say Anything” impression, holding the boombox over his head to rouse the troops for the final battle.
Oh hey look at that murderous doll Chucky taking down some ioi dudes
Parzival and Art3mis in the Delorean (the Ecto-88) during the battle
Parzival reaches towards what we think may be the nuke held by Nolan Surrento’s avatar
A grand explosion during what we think is the attack and defense of the third and final gate.
Lara Croft in her teal tanktop and braid shows up, Tracer from Overwatch, Chun Li from Street Fighter, Aku from Samurai Jack in the back there, and several other video game characters.
OASIS users battling the army of ioi
The Librarian showing the First Five (Art3mis, Parzival, we’re assuming Aech, Daito and Shoto) the grand collection of Anorak’s Quest gunter materials.
Parzival driving his super tricked out Delorean
RX-78 Mobile Suit makes an appearance too!
There were also some other notable shots in the trailer. One of ioi head and bad guy Nolan Sorrento played by none other than Ben Mendelsohn, some shots of Art3mis in her avatar form with Parzival, and shots of them together in real life. We still can’t tell if there is a certain birthmark yet, but it almost looks like some editing was done on Olivia Cook‘s face in the trailer to hide what book readers hope is there on Art3mis’s real life self, Samantha.
Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts/Parzival, Olivia Cooke as Samantha/Art3mis, Ben Mendelsohn as Nolan Sorrento, Mark Rylance as James Halliday, Simon Pegg as Ogden Marrow, Lena Waithe as Aech, Win Morisaki as Daito, Philip Zhao as Shoto, and TJ Miller as IRoq. Alan Silvestri took over composing/scoring duties for the film from John Williams, and the script is by Cline and Zak Penn.
Ready Player One hits theaters on March 30th 2018, which just happens to be Easter weekend (and Ernie Cline’s birthday).
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