I put “official” in quotations because while YouTube is referring to the below video as “Official Trailer 1”, this is the SECOND trailer I’ve seen for the movie.
So, for clarity purposes, here is the ACTUAL first trailer for Ready Player One, which premiered at Comic-Con four months ago. Spoiler alert: it’s gorgeous.
Iron Giant, Freddy Kruger, Death Stroke & Harley Quinn, and the DeLorean from Back To The Future and literally DOZENS of other awesome pop culture references) in the same movie? And Stephen Spielberg is directing? Yeah, you have our attention.
Then yesterday, the first “official” trailer (which we’re going to refer to as the second trailer because we aren’t idiots who like to overcomplicate things) dropped and featured a ton of new footage and pop culture nods, while also giving us a better grip of the plot.
Based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, Ready Player One tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenage boy living in a dystopian future version of America where the only escape is a virtual reality world known as the OASIS.
Official synopsis via Warner Bros:
“The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.”
Given the pedigree of the source material, the well of pop culture icons to draw from, the legend behind the camera and the sure-to-be-excellent special effects, Ready Player One is shaping up to be one of the must-see movies of 2018.