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READY PLAYER ONE’s New Trailer Invites Us Into a World of “Pure Imagination”

Ready Player One will be jam packed with references to the ’80s (that’s an understatement), but the film’s latest trailer reaches back even further to another classic film from our childhood, to invite us into a very different kind of world of pure imagination. But the dangerous of this one are much more fatal than falling into a river of chocolate, because it’s where a massive war for control of the future is being fought both on Earth and in virtual reality.

This newest look at the movie, titled “Come With Me,” is set to a slow cover of “Pure Imagination” made famous by Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (which means we now fully expect some Oompa Loompas to be one of the thousands of Easter Eggs included in the movie). It bounces back and forth between the real world of Tye Sheridan‘s Wade Watts, and the V.R. one of his avatar Parzival. This is our best look yet at Parzival’s allies against Ben Mendelsohn‘s Sorrento and his army of soldiers in the battle to win control of the most precious commodity on the planet.

Readers of Ernest Cline‘s novel will easily recognize some major departures from the book, especially when it comes to the real world interactions between Wade and the people who he bands together: Art3mis, Aech, Shoto, and Daito. It looks like he meets them much earlier in the contest for control of the OASIS. That will likely alter the dynamics of the group and influence the story’s major themes of identity and reality, but seeing Aech’s van turned into a major battleground could be a lot of fun.

And an important one, because the winner of this war gets slightly more than a chocolate factory.

Ready Player One, directed Steven Spielberg, hits play in theaters on March 29th.

What stood out to you in this new trailer? What new Easter eggs did you spot? Come with us into the comments below to share your thoughts.

Images: Warner Bros.

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