Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn (“Bloodline,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) is in early talks to play the villain in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “Ready Player One” at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Mendelsohn has reportedly met on the project and has the offer, with negotiations at an early stage. He would be the second member of the cast if he joins with “Bates Motel” actress Olivia Cooke already onboard.
An adaptation of the best-selling sci-fi novel by Ernie Cline, the story is set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game’s founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.
Mendelsohn would play an executive for an Internet corporation that has designs on Oasis. Cooke plays the teen love interest and competitor, a Canadian blogger named Sam whose name in the virtual world is Art3mis.
Spielberg, Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah will produce.
Source: Heat Vision