Steven Spielberg is bringing Ernest Cline's sprawling science-fiction novel Ready Player One to life, and fans can’t wait to enter the OASIS. The book is filled to the brim with pop-culture references, and thanks to a trailer shown at SDCC 2017, we know the film will follow suit.
Although the Ready Player One #SDCC2017 trailer is short, it’s bursting at the seams with appearances by some of the most recognizable faces from popular video games, films and comic books. From the very beginning of the trailer, the stunning visuals are hard not to gawk at — however, if you look closely, you get a taste of how many different characters will cameo in the film.
We've combed through the trailer to find all of the Easter Eggs, which include some very surprising appearances...
Harley Quinn and Deathstroke
Once Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) puts on his haptic gear, he is transported into the OASIS, where he strides past two of DC Comics' most popular characters: Deathstroke and Harley Quinn. These are likely avatars selected by other OASIS users, who can select characters from the whole of pop culture.
The Iron Giant
Wade Watts's avatar, who is named Parzival, is seen standing on a precipice with the Iron Giant from the film of the same name — and some sort of ninja, who was rumored to be one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Freddy Krueger, Locust from Gears of War, and Duke Nukem
During the action-packed battle, a Locust from Gears of War looks to be leading the charge, when he cuts down Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. Right after that, Duke Nukem takes aim with a rocket launcher before the scene cuts away.
Ostriches from Joust
We see a person riding a giant robot Scorpion, while the ostriches from the ‘80s arcade game Joust are running by and attacking him on all sides.
The DeLorean From Back To The Future
The DeLorean from Back to the Future is featured several times in the trailer, and is also a big part of the book. Ready Player One’s author, Ernest Cline, owns a DeLorean in real life — although, it’s a fair bet that he can’t time travel.
The Assault Rifle From Halo
For those of you familiar with Halo, the rifle this character is holding is identical to it, and much like in the game, he’s using it to mow some enemies down.
The Light Cycle From Tron And Kaneda's Bike From Akira
There is a huge racing scene in the Ready Player One trailer, and most of the vehicles are normal cars. However, we catch images of two bikes, which are both from ‘80s science-fiction classics: Akira and Tron. We see a light cycle ripping through the city, as well as Kaneda’s bike from Akira.
The A-Team Van
An eagle-eyed Twitter user noticed that a van off in the corner of one of the scenes looked like the A-Team van, and given the era of pop-culture that Ready Player One pulls from, there is a good chance that it could be.
The Songs: 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka And 'Tom Sawyer' by Rush
Songs from the ‘80s are heavily featured in Ready Player One, and a lot of Cline’s childhood favorites are listed in the book. Rush is a big part of Halliday's Easter Egg Hunt in the book, so it’s no surprise that "Tom Sawyer" is featured in the trailer. There are also a few notes from “Pure Imagination” in the trailer, which is fitting, since the book was described by critics as “Willy Wonka meets the Matrix”.
The trailer from Ready Player One looks amazing, and we can’t wait to see more footage from the film. One thing is for sure: if a two-minute preview contains this many pop-culture Easter Eggs, then we the full-length film might just blow our minds.
Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Simon Pegg, T.J. Miller, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance, and hits theaters on March 30, 2018
Sound off! Did you see any other Easter Eggs that we missed? If so, list them in the comments section below.