Newcomers surprised that they got the roles

Steven Spielberg (far left) with Ready Player One author Ernest Cline. Tye Sheridan's character Wade Watts (left) watches as Olivia Cooke's Art3mis prepares to enter the world of virtual reality. Asian Hollywood newcomers Philip Zhao (left) and Win M
Asian Hollywood newcomers Philip Zhao (above) and Win Morisaki.PHOTO: WARNER BROS

Hollywood newcomers Philip Zhao and Win Morisaki were not quite ready when they found out they had been cast in a Steven Spielberg movie.

The pair play teenage Japanese gamers trying to hunt down a hidden treasure in a massive virtualreality game known as Oasis in Ready Player One. The movie is showing in Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2018, with the headline 'Newcomers surprised that they got the roles'. Print Edition | Subscribe