Ben Mendelsohn in Talks to Play ‘Ready Player One’ Villain

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Ben Mendelsohn in Talks to Play ‘Ready Player One’ Villain

“Bloodline” star Ben Mendelsohn is in early negotiations to play a villainous executive for an Internet corporation in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mendelsohn has been offered a deal for the role; if he accepts, he will join Olivia Cooke, who plays the female lead: Canadian blogger Samantha Evelyn Cook/Art3mis.

An adaptation of Ernest Cline’s 2011 dystopian novel, the sci-fi adventure centers on Wade Watts, a teenager who plugs into a virtual world called OASIS. When the game’s creator dies, Wade is swept up in a treasure hunt to acquire the designer’s fortune. Mendelsohn’s character works for the company that created OASIS.

Best known for his role in “Bloodline,” Mendelsohn will also appear in “Star Wars: Rogue One” in December.

Zak Penn wrote the most recent draft of “Ready Player One,” which is being produced by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures.