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CAST THIS: READY PLAYER ONE (Part 1)


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Some of us here at ArmchairMogul have recently become quite smitten with the 80’s geekgasm novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and it’s got us thinking about who we would like to see play parts in the inevitable Hollywood movie.

Ready Player One is set in 2044 after the Great Recession has taken its toll on the world’s economy, and resources are scarce. The Internet has evolved into a creation known as OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) a virtual reality massively multiplayer online simulation game created by a guy named James Halliday and his friend Ogden Morrow. Halliday, with no heirs or other living family, dies suddenly and leaves a will to those in the OASIS saying that whoever can collect three keys (Copper, Jade, and Crystal) that are hidden throughout the universe of OASIS and pass through the matching gates will receive his fortune and complete control of the OASIS. This becomes known as the Hunt and people immediately begin the search for Halliday’s Easter Egg. People start devoting an enormous amount of time to studying 1980s pop culture, the decade Halliday grew up in and was perpetually obsessed with, in the hope it will assist them with locating and solving the puzzles involved with the egg.

The story follows the adventures of Wade Watts and his hunt for the egg.

Well, guess what people… we’re going to cast this story before Hollywood has a chance to screw it up! We give you …ArmchairMogul Casts:

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Wade Owen Watts – Clark Duke

Ok, here’s the inherent problem with a book/movie like this. We have two completely different directions we could go with the casting. If we wanted to be fairly realistic, Wade would look different than his avatar Parzival.

He describes himself in the book as being slightly overweight and a nerd, (which will be difficult to make him look like a badass warrior later on if they cast a straight up nerd for both roles) whereas his avatar is more handsome.  I don’t know if Hollywood will end up doing this or just go with a handsome kid and try to make him look “nerdier” outside the OASIS.

If we go with the straight up nerd for Wade, then we are going with Clark Duke in that spot…

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He is slightly older than the typical high school student …but wasn’t Ralph Macchio like 48 years old when he did the first Karate Kid?

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Parzival – Logan Lerman

Ok, with the above explanation taken care of, if we want to cast Wade and Parzival with two different actors, or if we just want a handsome kid for both roles, then we think that Logan Lerman has the acting chops, the looks, and the soul needed for Parzival’s role.

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Not sure if Lerman is up for another “Summer Blockbuster Tent Pole” based on a novel, but throw some money at the kid, see if he wants it.

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Art3mis – Mae Whitman

There is only one person that would be absolutely perfect for the role of Art3mis and that would be Mae Whitman. She has the looks and the attitude described perfectly in the book. She HAS to be cast in this movie or we will riot.

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She’s got the geek cred as well, playing April O’Neil in the new TMNT cartoon as well as work on Everquest, Kingdom Hearts, Scott Pilgrim, Robot Chicken, Family Guy, Avatar, Tinkerbell, you name it. Make ours Mae!

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 Aech – Josh Hutcherson

Parzival’s best friend Aech, with the dashing smile and charming personality seems to be a great role for Josh Hutcherson. He seems like he would fit the part well.

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Not sure if Hutcherson is up for another “Summer Blockbuster Tent Pole” based on a novel, but throw even more money at the kid, see if he wants it.

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Nolan Sorrento – Kevin Spacey

IOI’s Nolan Sorrento has to be played by someone who is a consummate business man. Someone who can make you feel warm and welcome …and then turn on a dime and kill everyone you care about. Kevin Spacey fits this role perfectly.

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I would love to see Kevin Spacey angrily piloting MechaGodzilla against a sea of gunters. If that makes no sense to you, then go read the book!

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That other character that people who have read the book all the way through will get – Amber P. Riley

A very important character comes in toward the end of the book. Everyone who has read it will know who I’m talking about, so here you go. 🙂 Amber P. Riley.

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Get her in a faded concert shirt and some combat boots, and she’s perfect.

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In closing, here’s one more picture of Mae Whitman to show how perfect she would be. Don’t argue with us.

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What do you think, Moguls? Are we on the right track? Who do you see for Halliday or Daito and Shoto? How about Ogden Morrow or IROC? Stay tuned for part 2 to see if we agree!

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17 Responses to “CAST THIS: READY PLAYER ONE (Part 1)”

  1. re: Mae Whitman – Her?

  2. I also pictured Mae Whitman about 10 pages after Art3mis came into the book. They absolutely have to choose her!

  3. George Takei as Morrow
    Ian Mchallen as (older) Halliday

  4. Ogden Morrow should be JOHN GOODMAN!

  5. Aech = Gabourey Sidibe!

  6. I actually imagined Morrow as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, may he rest in peace.

  7. if you want geek cred for Og, and its a role for only a few (key) scenes…George RR Martin

  8. Mae Whitman is a perfect option for Art3mis, but Ellen Page could be a good second option… I think

  9. I pictured Jeff bridges as og and can’t agree more with Mae Whitman as the beautiful art3mis… She would fit the part fantastically.

  10. Sorento: Kevin Spacey or Alan Tudyk (Firefly) =)
    Og: Kevin Smith !
    Wade Watts: Lucas Black?
    and important character at the end: gabourey sidibe

  11. Sorrento is absolutely Aaron Eckhart

  12. Josh Hutcherson? Really? Have you read the book? Aech is a black chic, only the avatar is a handsome white dude


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