Ready Player One Set Photos Uncover Jaws, Gremlins & ThunderCats Easter Eggs
As filming continues on Ready Player One in Birmingham, England, new photos and video have arrived, giving fans a closer look at this unique world being created. Production begin in July on director Steven Spielberg's highly-anticipated adaptation, and last month, we got our first look at this dystopian world through the first set video and photos. Today's sneak peek goes even deeper, showcasing parts of a car chase scene while uncovering some unique Easter Eggs tied into Steven Speilberg's own past as a filmmaker.
The photos and videos surfaced through various Twitter accounts over the past few days, but The Birmingham Mail reports that filming took place in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, with filming condensed to take place from today through September 10. While we do get a glimpse of Steven Spielberg himself walking through the sets, there is also footage from a car chase scene captured by YouTuber Dan Shepperd, which features two black SUV's chasing down a large truck. We also have photos from different parts of the set which showcase some pop culture references.
Some of the photos feature street artwork of Snarf from Thundercats, The Flash, Gizmo from The Gremlins and even Steven Spielberg's own 1975 classic Jaws. We can also see billboards and other advertisements for the virtual reality game OASIS featured within the story. We're not sure where production will shift to after this Birmingham, U.K. shoot, but hopefully we'll continue to get more photos and video from the set. None of the stars, such as Tye Sheridan and Simon Pegg have been spotted yet.
Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts, who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.
The supporting cast includes Mark Rylance, who won his first Oscar earlier this year for his work on Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and T.J. Miller. Steven Spielberg directs from a script by Zak Penn, based on Ernest Cline's novel of the same name. Ready Player One has been given a March 30, 2018 release date by Warner Bros. Take a look at the videos and photos below, and stay tuned for more as filming continues.