Due to commence filming in a matter of weeks Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a monumental collision of pop culture icons.

THR broke the news today that Silicon Valley’s T. J. Miller will appear in the film as I-R0K, an bullish griefer trolling his way through the massive online VR world known as Oasis. His role may be small, but his is a pivotal turn as the secrets and seduction of the virtual society become clear.

Miller joins the stellar cast, which lines up like this:

  • Tye Sheridan – Wade Owen Watts / Parzival
  • Ben Mendelsohn – Nolan Sorrento
  • Simon Pegg – Ogden Morrow
  • Mark Rylance – James Donovan Halliday
  • Olivia Cooke – Samantha Evelyn Cook / Art3mis

As the cast roster becomes filled up one key element of the film remains unclear. The multifarious strands of pop culture that makes up a crucial part of the story have to come together like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse sharing the screen in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? If anyone can convince the many property owners to give up their prized icons it’s Spielberg…

Here’s a synopsis for the future,

Set in the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to w