Geekery: Lots of Familiar Faces in New ‘Ready Player One’ Trailer

Characters from video games, movies, and books converge in this virtual reality based action flick.

We got our first look at Spielberg’s latest film at SDCC. It was filled with video game and pop culture references, and some pretty CGI thanks to ILM.

This new trailer focuses more on the story of Wade Watts and the Oasis.

Ernie Cline’s novel is jam packed with cultural references, which has made it beloved by many. That has made it into the movie – there are a ton in the new trailer alone:

  • Ryu, Chun-Li, and Blanca from Street Fighter
  • Mach 5 from Speed Racer
  • Interceptor from Mad Max
  • The Iron Giant
  • Chucky
  • Motorbike inspired by Akira
  • Bigfoot Monster Truck
  • Battletoads
  • Characters from Joust
  • Lara Croft
  • Batmobile from the TV show
  • DeLorean from Back to the Future
  • Mobile Suit Gundam
  • King-Kong
  • Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything
  • The Joker and Harley Quinn
  • Tracer from Overwatch

That’s just a start. Get your bingo cards ready.

The new trailer came with a new poster that has a bit of an anatomical problem.

The cast is led by Tye Sheridan (hopefully with legs that are proportional to the rest of him), and includes Simon Pegg, T.J. MillerMark RylanceBen Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke, and Hannah John-Kamen. Direcetd by Steve Spielberg with a script from Zak Penn and Eric Eason

Ready Player One hits theaters March 30, 2018.

  • DoctorBored

    Excuse you, that’s Gundam RX-78-2.

  • thereturnofsuppuppers

    that leg

    • AdeptusAstartes

      Longest right leg in history!

  • Kritarion

    It has *thing-I-remember*. I love *thing-I-remember*! That makes me like this movie, because it reminds me of the fun I had with *thing-I-remember*

    • DoctorBored

      This is pretty much the problem I have with this movie (setting aside the fact that it, and the book, are very Mary Sue). I’d rather have fresh original nerd content rather than a jumbled up bunch of pop culture references. The fact that the main character internet-stalks his crush is pretty bad too.

  • barry sadler

    In Ireland this is what Tye Sheridan is known for

  • Logan Miller

    This movie looks like it’s gonna make the Emoji Movie look like an Oscar worthy film by comparison.

  • SonoftheMountain

    Could have swore I saw Chucky in there too

    • DoctorBored

      You did.

      Honestly, what this is a sign of is more that by 2050 there are no more original ideas and everyone is running around pretending to be characters that are 30+ years old because no other nerd content came out between now and then that was worthy of emulation.

      • georgelabour

        You should read the book. The revival of ‘ancient’ pop culture in a virtual reality system is actually explained in there.

        Also there’s not as many modern references in it as the driving force behind it was obsessed with 80s pop culture. Lore wise that is.

        most of late 90s to modern day stuff is just being slapped on to make it appeal to the illiterate types who get all their culture off of an Xbox. Which is my most obvious problem with the movie.

        Still, it’s not as bad as the travesty that was (supposed) World War Z movie.

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          After such a good read WWZ was painful. The book is solid for a light read.

  • Troy Dean

    I’m almost certain going by how she pronounces it that it should be spelled TRAYSUH!