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Ready Player One character posters decoded

Yahoo Movies UK

If you haven’t read Ernest Cline’s pop culture masterpiece Ready Player One, the book that served as inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s next movie, you might be a little bit bemused by the character posters that went up today – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a quick guide to what’s going on in each one.

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Parzival / Wade Watts

Wade Watts (Tyler Sheridan) is our lead character, Parzival is his VR avatar – basically a cooler version of a character who (in the book, anyway) struggles to fit in. Parzival is what Wade uses to explore the Oasis, the virtual reality world at the heart of the story.

Aech / Helen Harris

Parzival’s best friend (even though Wade’s never met Aech in real life), played by Lena Waithe.

Art3mis / Samantha Evelyn Cook

Samantha Evelyn Cook (Olivia Cooke)’s avatar is named Art3mis (we guess Artemis was already taken) and she’s probably the coolest character in the game.

Daito / Toshiro Yoshiaki

Slightly gruff, infinitely cool – we won’t say too much about Yoshiaki and his avatar Daito for fear of spoilers. Pop star Win Morisaki will take on this role.

Shoto / Akihide Karatsu

Shoto, played by newcomer Philip Zhao, plays a key role in the game.

Anorak / James Donovan Halliday

Arguably the most significant player in Ready Player One, mainly because he invented the Oasis world in which the game takes place – as well as the easter egg hunt that drives the narrative. Played by Mark Rylance, not that you’d realise it from this image.


Sorrento doesn’t have a specific online Avatar, he works for the IOI (Innovative Online Industries), a corporation who wants to monetise the game. He’s the film’s primary antagonist.

Ready Player One poster

Ready Player One is released on 30 March in the UK.


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