It seems to be the done thing to be adding pop stars into big-budget movies now, what with One Direction-er Harry Stiles rocking up on the beaches of France for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Chinese singer Angelababy soon to show up in Idependence Day: Resurgence. Now, we can add another name to this roll call: Win Morisaki of Japanese boyband PrizmaX, who has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.
In the movie he will play Daito, who like many others in the book (including lead character Wade/Parcival) spends his time scouring the sprawling online world of OASIS in an attempt to find the various Easter Eggs hidden by the game’s late inventor, James Donovan Halliday. Often accompanied by his companion Shoto, he’s a memorable character, and while Morisaki’s acting credentials are less certain, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how he gets on.
For those who are unfamiliar with the main plot, the thrust of the narrative sees Wade locating one of the clues within the pop-culture-infused environs of the in-game world, only to immediately find himself beset by rival players, some of who are willing to kill in order to discover OASIS’s secrets – including the sinister suits of Innovative Online Industries, who are seeking to appropriate and regulate it for their own ends.
Morisaki joins a cast that already includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance and TJ Miller, with Spielberg working from a script created by Zak Penn and Eric Eason. Donald De Line, Dan Farah and Kristie Macosko Krieger are attached as producers.
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