Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018
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Ready Player One in Empire Magazine April 2018

Empire Magazine takes a deep dive into Spielberg’s iconic career, starting with a several page spread about the upcoming READY PLAYER ONE. Scans below, linking to the full size:

The most feared of these opponents is Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), the head of Innovative Online Industries (IOI), a corporation looking to take over the OASIS in order to monetise it. For Mendelsohn, Sorrento’s intimidatory tactics are helped by his name — “It’s like Snake Plissken, what a fucking name” — but the moniker masks a nexus of complexities.

“He’s a nerd who’s managed to finagle and manipulate his way into a position of power. He wants the internet to be a commodity and he owns the hardware. He leads a crack force — they’re the shit — against these charming amateurs.”

To what extent would Mendelsohn, an alum of The Dark Knight Rises and Star Wars: Rogue One, self-identify as a nerd like Sorrento?

“Fuck off!” he bellows, jokingly. “And I say that with love. I don’t eschew the nerd side at all, but you want me to talk about it in this fucking magazine? Eat a bowl of dicks!


Robin Hood first look + RP1 tv spot + new/old photoshoots
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Robin Hood first look + RP1 tv spot + new/old photoshoots

Here’s the first look at Ben as the Sheriff of Notthingham in the upcoming adaptation of Robin Hood, slated to release late this year. Thoughts?

Ben can briefly be seen in this new tv spot for Ready Player One; he plays the film’s main antagonist, Nolan Sorrento.

Photographer Billy Kidd released a few shots of Ben during the Toronto International Film Festival – you can check them out in the gallery below:

Additionally, an outtake from Comic Con 2017 with Sarah Dunn was released, as well as some great outtakes from Ben’s 2016 Empire Magazine shoot:

Ben was featured in an episode of a iTunes podcast called “Aussies in Hollywood”, hosted by Jenny Cooney, where she interviews prominent Australian actors about their stories of trying to ‘make it’ in Hollywood. Check it out!

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Ready Player One at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

The Warner Bros presentation at San Diego Comic-Con kicked off with a ‘Ready Player One’ trailer and panel with the cast and crew, including Ben, Olivia Cooke, Tye Sheridan, TJ Miller, writer Ernest Cline, and director Steven Spielberg. You can watch the trailer and panel below:

Ben said: “If you turn up to work and Steven Spielberg is your boss, come on. Everything is gravy after that.

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Photos from the panel and a shoot with Entertainment Weekly have been added to the gallery: