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Olivia Cooke scores female lead in Ready Player One

One week after her name appeared on a shortlist for Steven Spielberg's next flick, sci-fi adventure Ready Player One, Olivia Cooke has already skyrocketed to the top of the high score table. THR reports that after a series of tests she nabbed the part of Samantha Cook, a virtual reality gamer who befriends the film's hero Wade Watts.

Cooke recently delivered a solid performance in Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, a turn that no doubt influenced Spielberg and his casting team. Of course, her victory means Lola Kirke and Elle Fanning are out of the race and throws doubt on whether Cooke will still be in contention for a part in Star Wars Episode VIII. Who knows? If the Amblin man's past behavior (ahem, Robopocalypse) is anything to go by; we're not gonna really let ourselves get excited until the cameras roll.

Speaking of, production should be gearing up early next year on this pop culture savvy yarn, with Spielberg in the last throes of post on The BFG. Ready Player One boots up on December 15, 2017.

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Gem Seddon is GamesRadar+'s west coast Entertainment News Reporter, working to keep all of you updated on all of the latest and greatest movies and shows on streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Outside of entertainment journalism, Gem can frequently be found writing about the alternative health and wellness industry, and obsessing over all things Aliens and Terminator on Twitter.