We don’t have a lot of info when it comes to the film adaptation of Ernest Cline‘s phenomenal, best-selling novel, Ready Player One. And while we still don’t know much apart from it’s March 30, 2018 release date and some casting info, we have gotten our first glimpse at a character created for the film, played by T.J. Miller. Miller’s casting announcement was made last year, but we finally know more about his character, i-R0k.
There will be spoilers from the book ahead, as well as info and speculation on the Ready Player One film, so read on at your own risk!
Those who have read Cline’s book know that Ready Player One is already an insanely creative story with several interesting characters, focusing on the quest of one character, Wade Watts (aka Parzival), as he searches a sprawling, immersive virtual reality universe called OASIS for Easter Eggs placed by the game’s creator, James Halliday (aka Anorak) to win the deceased Halliday’s giant fortune.
So who is i-R0k? As Miller explained in an article on i09, i-R0k is a huge Star Wars fan who idolizes and wants to be just like Boba Fett. In the world of OASIS, i-R0k does just that, working as a freelance bounty hunter, working for whoever can pay his exorbitant fee. And apparently, i-R0k’s skills are worth the huge price tag. Miller also says i-R0k is the best player in all of OASIS, even better than our heroes in the High Five, Parzival, Art3mis, Diato, Shoto, and Aech. It’s just that i-R0k focuses more on finding marks in-game rather than Halliday’s eggs.
Like Miller himself, i-R0k is a funny guy, but he’s absolutely lethal in OASIS. According to Miller, i-R0k is hired by Sorrento, and we can only assume Sorrento requires i-R0k’s services to kill one or all of the members of the High Five. Given the manner in which Sorrento tirelessly seeks to kill Parzival both in-game and in real life in the book, I’m betting i-R0k is hired to kill our hero, Parzival himself.
Of course, i-R0k’s ultimate goal (apart from a great pay day) is pure speculation at this point. And while it’s always nerve-racking to see a film studio stray from source material that is so excellent and unique on its own, it can absolutely be done well, like we’ve seen most recently with the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tail. It sounds like Miller and i-R0k will be fun and exciting addition to the High Five’s quest to unlock all of Halliday’s eggs, and we can’t wait to learn more about him!
What do you think of the T.J. Miller’s new character? Do you think it will add or detract from the film? Let us know in the comments!
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