It’s official – ‘Ready Player One’ is heading to Birmingham.
According to the Birmingham Mail, the futuristic sci-fi adaptation by filmmaking legend Steven Spielberg is filming in Birmingham… and will be there for a whole week.
“Oscar-winning Hollywood film legend Steven Spielberg is on his way to Birmingham – to shoot a futuristic new thriller,” they revealed. “The Birmingham Mail can today reveal that the director of E.T., Jaws, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and current hit The BFG is coming to the Jewellery Quarter to film his next movie Ready Player One for Warner Bros.”
‘Ready Player One’ is based on the novel by Ernest Cline and stars Tye Sheridan as Wade Owen Watts – a young man who joins an international hunt to decode hidden secrets in an online virtual world known as The Oasis.
“Birmingham is increasingly finding favour with filmmakers for its centrality and relative low cost compared to London,” they explained. “There’s a rich variety of modern and historic buildings and easily accessible green spaces.”
“Some of the scenes for Ready Player One in the Jewellery Quarter will see the area doubling for America.”
According to the paper, letters were distributed to local residents and businesses, informing them of the upcoming film shoot.
Shooting will begin in the Jewellery Quarter on 5 September, but set designers and other crew members will be on location in the preceding months to allow the filmmakers to hit the ground running.
“Spielberg is definitely coming to Birmingham and I’m thrilled because he’s my hero,” said an anonymous crew member. “The sets we have already been working on are incredible.”
‘Ready Player One; stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn and T.J. Miller.
Steven Spielberg will direct based on a screenplay by Ernest Cline, Zak Penn and Eric Eason.
‘Ready Player One’ heads to cinemas on 30 March 2018.
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