We’ve got a new look at Steven Spielberg’s science-fiction action film.

All month long, IGN First is spotlighting the Films to Watch in 2018. Today, we take a look at Warner Bros.’ Ready Player One, the science-fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, T. J. Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.

In the year 2045, things are bad for the people of Earth. Humankind is on the verge of chaos, but folks find solace in OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe. Created by eccentric genius James Halliday (Mark Rylance), OASIS takes on a new importance when Halliday dies and leaves his fortune to whomever first finds a “digital Easter egg” hidden in the VR world. Enter Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), an ordinary young man who joins the contest and, of course, soon finds himself on a fantastic and dangerous adventure.

We’ve got an exclusive look at Sheridan from the film today. Check it out right here:

Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts in Warner Bros. Pictures,’ Amblin Entertainment’s and Village Roadshow Pictures’ science-fiction action adventure Ready Player One, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Jaap Buitendijk

Fans of the book may be able to pick up some Easter eggs or clues in the image. You can see Wade’s written instructions to himself on how to access the Adventure Easter egg (the first ever in a video game), for example. This was also spotted in one of the film’s trailers, but it is notable as the Adventure Easter egg obviously does play some role in the movie.

Also of note in the image is Wade’s bike, which is used to power his OASIS rig. And all those magazine articles and clippings are related to James Halliday. For example, it looks like there’s a QR code on the cover of the magazine at the bottom of the shot. It could just be set dressing, but it’s so prominently positioned one can’t help but wonder if that’s a working code…

For more on the film, check out the “See the Future” featurette below. “There’s a dystopian society and the fabric of our economy is crumbling,” Spielberg explains of the film’s setting. “It’s a good time to escape. So virtual reality will be a super-drug.”

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will be released on March 29, 2018.

Talk to Senior Editor Scott Collura on Twitter at @ScottCollura or listen to his Star Trek podcast, Transporter Room 3. Or do both!

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