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Ready Player One

Director Steven Spielberg's latest offering, Ready Player One, is a science fiction film set in 2044. Where life is bleak as the world's population spirals out of control and people live in poverty on overcrowded trailer parks known as the "stacks", seeking solace from the harsh realities of life, they seek an escape in a virtual reality simulator called the Oasis.

Bored teenager Wade Watts from Columbus, Ohio spends all his spare time in the Oasis under the moniker Parzival, reading the Anorak's Almanac, playing classic video games and watching 1980s films, television series and music videos.

The Anorak’s Game has been invented by the creator of Oasis, James Halliday, who subsequently dies, leaving players all over the world searching for the game's Easter Egg, as whoever finds it will be granted ownership of Oasis - and the inheritance of Halliday's $240 billion fortune.

Wade and several friends work together to find the Anorak's treasure, unaware that corporate giant Innovative Online Industries is employing players to try and find the treasure first, so IOI can control Oasis themselves.

One day, while playing a Dungeons and Dragons adventure video game called Tomb of Horrors, Wade unexpectedly defeats the main adversary, the half-fiend half-human Acererak. His mighty feat puts his moniker on the global scoreboard, attracting the attention of the world.

When IOI attempts to recruit him in their search for the Anorak's treasure, his response is a resounding "no". Following his refusal, Wade finds his life is suddenly in danger and it becomes a race against time to see if Wade can defeat IOI - or whether they'll get him first.

Due for release on 30th March 2018, the new film has a star-studded cast including Tye Sheridan (X-Men Apocalypse) as Watts, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) as Oasis co-founder Ogden Morrow and BAFTA award-winning Mark Rylance (Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies) as Halliday.

Olivia Cooke who plays Watts' online gaming friend Samantha in the movie, said winning the role was a dream come true. Describing the film as “pure adventure”, she said it was like “Willy Wonka and Indiana Jones” rolled into one. She says for a kid who wanted to be an actor, the idea of working with Steven Spielberg was absurd, so when it happened, it was “surreal”.

The film is based on the 2011 debut novel of the same name by Ernest Cline. It won an Alex Award in 2012 from the Young Adult Library Services Association and in the same year won the Prometheus Award for science fiction novels presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society.

Coruba is proud to be associated with the forthcoming movie, Ready Player One, after we were commissioned to provide rubber matting products which can be seen in the film. It is further testament to the high quality of our products that they were used in a Hollywood blockbuster directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg.

We offer a full range of industrial, residential and commercial rubber and plastic supplies, including a wide range of rubber matting products for a variety of applications. Please check out our website or contact us for further information on our products.

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