TJ Miller has revealed some interesting info about his Ready Player One character i-R0k – which is all the more intriguing given that he’s not in the book by Ernest Cline.
In an interview with Fandango, Miller chatted about the upcoming Steven Spielberg adaptation, saying: “I’m not in the book. Some plot points are different, but I’m the only new character.
“I play i-R0k and basically I am a funny, or at least mildly amusing, Boba Fett. In the Oasis, I am a better player than Aech or Daito or any of those guys.”
Ready Player One imagines a future where people hang out in a massive virtual universe called Oasis. When its creator (played by Mark Rylance) dies, he leaves a puzzle within Oasis, and the player who can solve it – in what becomes an increasingly deadly Easter egg hunt – inherits his fortune.
Miller continued: “I am sort of unequivocally the best bounty hunter, but I work freelance. While all the Sixers work for IOI and Sorrento, he has to commission me and I get an incredibly high fee to either find people and kill them or make them starve in the game.
“My character in the movie wants to be Boba Fett. Like that’s his hero, his idol, which isn’t far off for many Star Wars fans, myself included.
“I actually mimicked Boba Fett’s voice. And in the original Star Wars he only ever speaks four or five times in the movies, so I could only learn from, ‘What about me? He’s no good to me dead.’
“And then ‘As you wish.’ And I used the British actor’s voice instead of the f**king Australian’s from the prequels – [George] Lucas, you son of a bitch! – and so, I think it’s actually a really fun character.”
Also starring are Tye Sheridan, who will play egg-hunting protagonist Wade Owen Watts, with Olivia Cooke as the girl he has a cyber-crush on. Simon Pegg plays Oasis co-creator Ogden Morrow, with Ben Mendelsohn as the head of rival firm IOI, the movie’s main antagonist.
Ready Player One is released in cinemas in the UK on March 30, 2018.
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