New Ready Player One Trailer Is a Basket of Easter Eggs for Fans

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:

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.

Ben Mendelsohn as ioi head Nolan Sorrento walking through a crowd with a raised gun.


Art3mis and Parzival at Og's birthday party.


Sorrento looking at the Sixer floor of ioi employees


Sorrento at a board meeting at ioi


Wade and Samantha, real life selves of Parzival and Art3mis.

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).

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional

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