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Can Steven Spielberg Bring Gene Wilder Out of Retirement?

Can Steven Spielberg Bring Gene Wilder Out of Retirement?

Now that director Steven Spielberg's next project, the adaptation Ready Player One, has a 2017 release date intact, many fans of the beloved Ernest Cline novel are wondering who the filmmaker will get to star. Ain't It Cool News has a very interesting rumor that claims the filmmaker is trying to coax the legendary Gene Wilder out of retirement for one of his upcoming projects, which could either be Ready Player One or his animated adaptation The BFG. It isn't known if Gene Wilder has any interest in whatever role Steven Spielberg is offering quite yet, but one particular role in Ready Player One could be right in Gene Wilder's wheelhouse.

Ready Player One centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who escapes his bleak surroundings by logging into Oasis, a globally networked utopia where users lead idyllic lives. The game's eccentric founder, James Halliday, dies and offers his billion dollar fortune as the grand prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Watts competes against rival video game players and corporate foes who'll do anything, in the Oasis world and in the real world, to reach the treasure first. Ain't It Cool News speculates that Gene Wilder is being sought for the James Halliday role, which has many similarities to his iconic Willy Wonka role in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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