Simon Pegg in Talks to Join Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' (Exclusive)

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Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn also star in the big-screen adaptation of the best-seller.

Simon Pegg is in negotiations to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi film Ready Player One.

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow are behind the movie, which adapts the best-selling sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline and is in the midst of casting as it heads towards a June start.

Tye Sheridan leads a cast that includes Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn in the story set in a virtual world called Oasis, in which a teenager (Sheridan) finds himself competing in a treasure hunt against ruthless foes after the game's founder dies and offers his fortune as the grand prize.

Pegg will play Orgen Morrow, the co-creator of Oasis.

Ready Player One is being produced by Spielberg via his Amblin Partners banner, along with Donald De Line, Kristie Macosko Krieger and Dan Farah.

Pegg last co-starred in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation and next reprises his role of Starfleet engineer Scotty in Star Trek Beyond, which he also co-wrote. Star Trek opens July 22.

Pegg is repped by UTA, Hansen Jacobson and the U.K.’s Dawn Sedgwick Management.