Mark Rylance Joins “Ready Player One”

Oscar winner Mark Rylance and filmmaker Steven Spielberg are continuing their creative love affair with the pair signing up for a fourth collaboration. Rylance, who won an Oscar earlier this year for Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” also stars as the title character in Spielberg’s “The BFG” opening this Summer.

Yesterday came word of a third film, “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara,” which Spielberg will shoot in early 2017 once he wraps work on his sci-fi film “Ready Player One”. Now, Heat Vision reports that Rylance is in final negotiations to co-star in “Ready Player One” as well.

An adaptation of Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel, ‘Player’ is set in the future, a time when multiplayer gaming has become a virtual universe. The reclusive creator of that world (Rylance’s role) leaves his fortune to the winner of a contest who solve the puzzles he left behind – puzzles based on the classic video games of the 1980s.

Rylance’s commitment to Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” apparently made his involvement in ‘Player’ a questionable one due to scheduling. However, Warners was able to find a way to have Rylance do both films.