Here's the short list for the female lead in Spielberg's Ready Player One

One of the biggest sci-fi projects in development, Ready Player One, is currently casting — and here’s who Steven Spielberg has on his short list for the female lead.

The female lead has apparently been narrowed down to five actresses, and The Wrap claims to know the identity of three of them. They’re all vying for the role of role of Art3mis, a “gunter” searching for the key to solving the riddle to own the valuable online virtual reality space OASIS. The casting options include Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Lola Kirke (Mistress America) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent). All are buzzy young actresses and could be a good fit.

Though this bit of intel has apparently leaked out, we still don’t know who Spielberg has in mind to play the lead male role of Wade Watts, the first “gunter” to discover the keys to OASIS. The film is partially set in the burned-out near future, and the virtual reality utopia of OASIS. The creator of OASIS, James Halliday, hid the keys to the VR world (and his fortune) inside the system, and everyone is scrambling to find it.

Ready Player One is set to open Dec. 15, 2017. 

Check out the casting options below and let us know who you’re pulling for to land the gig:

Elle Fanning:

Lola Kirke:

Olivia Cooke:

(Via The Wrap)

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