The film Ready Player One is shaping up to be director Steven Spielberg’s next box office hit, raking in $53.2 million over its Easter weekend debut in U.S. theaters. The sci-fi thriller is also studio Warner Bros.’ biggest release in China to date, grossing nearly $25 million on opening day.
Based on a best-selling book by Ernest Cline, the movie’s dystopian plot is set in 2045 and follows the adventures of five youngsters as they search for hidden treasure in a virtual reality game called the Oasis. Tye Sheridan (Wade) leads the team of protagonists, played by Olivia Cooke (Samantha), Lena Waithe (Helen), Win Morisaki (Daito) and Philip Zhao (Sho).
Both Morisaki and Zhao are Hollywood newcomers, selected through an open casting call for two Asian male actors.
Morisaki auditioned in Japan, before flying to Los Angeles to meet Spielberg, himself. “Steven [Spielberg] was in front of me, and I was so nervous,” Morisaki said to AsAm News. “Maybe I did well.”