Comedic actor T.J. Miller (“Deadpool”) will be in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of “Ready Player One”, but his character is a brand new creation and not found in the book (written by Ernest Cline). So very little is known about Miller’s character, named i-R0k.
Fandango just did an interview with him, which has shed some light on the role. And apparently, he has a particular obsession with a particular pop culture phenomenon set in a galaxy far, far away.
Miller said: “I’m not in the book. Some plot points are different, but I’m the only new character. I play i-R0k and basically I am a funny, or at least mildly amusing, Boba Fett. In the OASIS, I am a better player than Aech or Daito or any of those guys. I am sort of unequivocally the best bounty hunter, but I work freelance. While all the Sixers work for IOI and Sorrento, he has to commission me and I get an incredibly high fee to either find people and kill them or make them starve in the game.”
He went into detail about his character’s love for that infamous bounty hunter from “Star Wars” — none other than Boba Fett. He explained: “My character in the movie wants to be Boba Fett. Like that’s his hero, his idol, which isn’t far off for many Star Wars fans, myself included. I actually mimicked Boba Fett’s voice. And in the original Star Wars he only ever speaks four or five times in the movies, so I could only learn from ‘What about me? He’s no good to me dead.’ And then ‘As you wish.’ And I used the British actor’s voice instead of the fucking Australian’s from the prequels – Lucas, you son of a bitch! – and so, I think it’s actually a really fun character.”
Here’s the official synopsis: “Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first.”
“Ready Player One” also stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.