Spielberg's READY PLAYER ONE 'Art3mis' Shortlist Revealed; Nick Robinson Eyed For 'Parzival'

Hot on the heels of that Star Wars: Episode VIII shortlist, the first shortlist for the female lead in Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of Ready Player One has also been released. Plus, we also have a lead on who Spielberg likes for the main protagonist Wade Watts... check it out!

Steven Spielberg's next directorial venture, Ready Player One, has narrowed down the hunt for its coveted female lead.

The Wrap is reporting that the top three contenders for the lead female role of Art3mis, the OASIS avatar of Samantha Evelyn Cook, are Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel), Elle Fanning (We Bought A Zoo), and Lola Kirke (Gone Girl). All three young actresses, along with two other unnamed actresses, will test for the role with Spielberg shortly after he finishes his promotional duties for the Tom Hanks-starrer Bridge Of Spies and his work on Disney's The BFG

Olivia Cooke, best known for her role on the drama Bates Motel, recently received much praise for her role as a young cancer patient in Me And Earl And The Dying Girl and is also a contender for the lead female role in Rian Johnson's Star Wars Episode VIII. Elle Fanning, best known for her roles in the Spielberg-produced Super 8 and We Bought A Zoo with Matt Damon (The Martian), was recently seen in Maleficent with Angelina Jolie (Kung Fu Panda 3) and will next be seen in the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed Neon Demon and Live By Night with Ben Affleck (Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice). Lola Kirke, best known for her role in Gone Girl, recently earned strong reviews for her performance in Mistress America and will next be seen in Doug Liman's Mena with Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation). 

Additionally, Justin Kroll of Variety has revealed that Jurassic World star Nick Robinson (The Kings Of Summer) is an early favorite of Spielberg's for the role of Parzival, the OASIS avatar of Wade Owen Watts, the main protagonist in the Ernest Cline novel. Nothing is official yet and there are several other contenders, but considering Spielberg already worked with Robinson when he produced the fourth Jurassic Park installment, Robinson likely has a leg up on the competition at the moment.

What do you guys think? Who do you want to see as Art3mis and Parzival? What about as Aech, Daito, & Shoto? Sound off with your thoughts below!

Ready Player One heads into the OASIS on December 15, 2017

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