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Ready Player Two - What We Know So Far

The novel for "Ready Player One" may have come out in 2011, but it remains prescient a decade later. With themes related to how society becomes over-reliant on technology and how each subsequent generation has an unhealthy obsession with nostalgia, there's a lot to take in. And with so many pop culture references jammed between the covers, the book practically begged for a big-screen adaptation, which it finally received in 2018. 

Directed by Steven Spielberg no less, the film became a box office smash, grossing over $580 million worldwide. Those are some impressive numbers, so one would imagine Warner Bros. would chomp at the bit to do a sequel. Author Ernest Cline answered those prayers in November 2020 with the release of "Ready Player Two," which picks up shortly after the events of the first story. Cline has also confirmed that a film sequel is also in early development. Here's what we know so far about the movie adaptation of "Ready Player Two."

We may see some familiar faces in Ready Player Two

At the time of writing, there hasn't been much in the way of official news or updates for "Ready Player Two." But there are a few details to cover.

Back in 2018, Olivia Cooke, who plays Samantha/Art3mis, stated in an interview with Digital Spy, "I've signed my life away, so I'm contracted to sequels but I don't know [if they're happening]. I haven't heard anything. We'll see." Meanwhile, when he was asked about the sequel film in 2021, Tye Sheridan, who plays protagonist Wade/Parzival, told The Hollywood Reporter, "And in regard to a sequel of the film, I have no idea where they're at or what the talks are at the studio. It's just not up to me." While that answer is a bit vague, he did express his desire to appear in a sequel during a 2020 interview with ComicBook.com. If Cooke signed a contract to appear in potential sequels when she joined the first film, we could also reasonably assume that Sheridan (and potentially other cast members) did as well. However, that is pure speculation.

As for what the sequel will be about, we can presume that it will pick up where the first movie left off and cover the events of Ernest Cline's sequel novel. "Ready Player One" ends with Wade, who spent all his life in poverty, inheriting James Halliday's (Mark Rylance) massive fortune and total control of the OASIS. It seems like a fairy-tale ending, but the existence of a sequel means things don't stay that way for long.

The novel "Ready Player Two" kicks off when Wade uncovers a new technology known as the ONI, a headset allowing users to integrate all of their senses with the OASIS fully. Against Samantha's wishes, Wade decides to release the new tech to the world. It's not long after that a new Easter egg hunt commences.

As for our other burning questions (Will Steven Spielberg return to direct? When will the movie come out?), we'll just have to wait until more official news about "Ready Player Two" is announced.