As has become tradition at SXSW, a major Hollywood film has announced a last minute premiere at the Austin, Texas festival. As many predicted (including ourselves), due to its large, unexpected presence at the festival, this year that film is Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One.
Based on the global bestseller by Ernest Cline, the film will screen at the Paramount Theater on Sunday, March 11, at 9:30 pm. Here’s a bit of a synopsis about the film:
In the year 2045 people can escape their harsh reality in the OASIS, an immersive virtual world where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone — the only limits are your own imagination. OASIS creator James Halliday left his immense fortune and control of the OASIS to the winner of a contest designed to find a worthy heir. When unlikely hero Wade Watts conquers the first challenge of the reality-bending treasure hunt, he and his friends — known as the High Five — are hurled into a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS and their world.
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Philip Zhao and Australia’s own Ben Mendelsohn are among the stars expected to walk the red carpet at the premiere.
“We are thrilled to be premiering Ready Player One at SXSW,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film at SXSW. “The film brings to the screen a story that has captivated millions of readers around the globe, written by Austin’s very own Ernest Cline. And in the hands of Steven Spielberg—inarguably one of our greatest directors—we know the film is going to be a special cinematic event for our attendees. We are also excited to have here the Ready Player One Experience, which brings us into both the physical and virtual worlds of the film.”
The film opens in Australia and the USA on March 29th, 2018 in 2D and 3D in select theatres and IMAX.