Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One Trailer


One of the biggest reveals from this year’s Comic-Con thus far is not a comic book-related property but rather the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s next film Ready Player One. Based on the best-selling book by Ernest Cline, it takes place in the near future where the world’s inhabitants escape into a virtual utopia called the OASIS. While this trailer doesn’t get much further into the plot details, it certainly doesn’t hold back on the ’80s pop culture pandering. It is clear that they will be integrating as many of the referenced properties as possible and maybe even adding a few more to boot (The Iron Giant apparently plays a major role). Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn and it hits theatres on March 30th, 2018. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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  • Kasper

    Spielberg certainly is a visionary. Never has anyone taken pandering this far. He’s breaking new ground!

  • Martin S

    Is it still called “pandering” when you are genuinely enthusiastic about something (like Spielberg is about 80’s pop culture) and you express that joy through your favorite medium in a not very subtle way?

  • Tommy

    “cinematic game changer” :/

  • pcch7

    Was that a Delorean I saw at the end there? I do like the 80s and I don’t mind pandering but this didn’t blow me away. I’ll always give Spielberg the benefit of the doubt though

  • I wish Film Junk was around in 1988 so we could hear everyone complain about how much pandering there was in the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? trailer.

  • Lior

    If you consider Ready Player One as pandering you might as well just check out at this point. The beauty of this novel was how it integrated this “referencegasm” into a story that makes sense and is about something. Heck, we escape more and more into virtual worlds every day now. From our Facebook feeds to full-fledged MMO’s. The teaser/trailer looks epic and Spielberg (whose works are often mentioned in the novel) is an inspired choice. I’m very excited for this.

  • Flo Lieb

    Too many visionary directors nowadays. Pretty soon there will be “theatrical Gods” and more ;)

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  • Martin S

    So should Spielberg a) not reference 80’s pop culture in a film about 80’s pop culture b) not make a film about a topic he is passionate about or c) ignore the fact that random people on the internet accuse him of pandering?

  • Lori Cerny

    Well, I HATE that he included the Tron lightcycles – that IS pandering because he knows how much I fuckin’ love those things, want one, and wish they were everywhere and in every movie, so yeah, pandering.

  • Lori Cerny

    BTW, am I the only one who thinks Tye Sheridan and Miles Teller look the same? I am, aren’t I?

  • Cocky S.O.B.

    I really liked this book and I think that this trailer looks really bad. The only cool part is the multi-story trailer park slum. I hope it turns out better than this trailer.

  • Jr

    Talk about pandering, right above this text box is a link to “The Untold Truth of The Karate Kid”. I wonder if that’s in this movie.