Then, he puts on his OASIS visor, and we are treated to a stunning glimpse of the virtual-reality world, set to Rush's "Tom Sawyer" (because of course). When the creator of the OASIS dies, Wade gets involved in a high-speed chase to find the treasure that the creator has left behind in the virtual world. The game played is OASIS, a sort-of MMO and hub world that has a currency you can bring back to the desolation of the real world.
"I'd say the film is very faithful to the book, but also an original story", Rylance told Vanity Fair.
The debut trailer for the film was this weekend's Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday, showing references to "Tron" and "The Iron Giant".
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"People leave the country, and suddenly a virtual reality gives you a choice, gives you another world to exist", he explained.
The 70-year-old director now sees VR as the opening of new possibilities, where humans are able to do "anything you can possibly imagine".
Steven Spielberg has predicted that this universe that he has created for the film is "the future that awaits us, whether we like it or not".
What I'm talking about is more along the lines of films that feature the gamers themselves, for example "Gamer", "Joysticks", "Noobz" and even "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over".
Ready Player One opens in the United States on 30 March, 2018.