Steven Spielberg chooses his female lead for Ready Player One

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Dec 17, 2018, 4:00 PM EST (Updated)

Steven Spielberg's hunt for the right woman to play Art3mis in Ready Player One is over.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director has selected Olivia Cooke for the role, a Canadian blogger named Samantha who uses Art3mis as her cyber identity and is the love interest (and one of the competitors) of the main character, Wade/Parzival.

Cooke, who was superb in this year's Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and is a fan favorite on A&E's Bates Motel, beat out a list of contenders that included Elle Fanning and Lola Kirke. Cooke was also reportedly up for a lead role in Star Wars: Episode VIII, although the Ready Player One gig might take her out of the running for that.

Next on Spielberg’s to-do list is finding the actor who will play Wade. Spielberg saw actors for both roles in New York and Los Angeles, hoping to cast both parts at the same time, but for now Wade remains elusive.

The movie is based on the best-selling novel by Ernest Cline, in which Wade and other players in a vast virtual world known as OASIS must unlock a series of clues left behind by its late creator in order to win his forture and control over OASIS.

Cooke is said to have entered negotiations for the role, but when you're an up-and-coming actress offered a role in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of a blockbuster sci-fi novel, it doesn't seem like those talks will take very long.

Ready Player One fans out there -- what do you think?