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First glimpse of new Speilberg film Ready Player One

Credit: Warner Bros. UK

A first glimpse has been released of the new Steven Speilberg film, Ready Player One which was shot in Birmingham.

The film is an adaptation of Ernest Cline's book that depicts a dystopian world where humans take refuge in virtual reality in a world scarred by the effects of global warming.

Set in 2044, it entwines 1980s culture and futuristic concepts. On reading the book, Speilberg said:

"It was like the most amazing flash forward and flash back at the same time to a decade I was very involved in, the 1980s, but a flash forward to a future that I think is out there awaiting all of us whether we like it or not."

– Steven Speilberg
Steven Speilberg at the set of the film Credit: SNAPPER SK

He described the world it is set in, where fossil fuels are depleted and extreme weather is pummelling the globe, as "so dystopic".

And virtual reality opens up the possibility of being able to do "anything you can possibly imagine", he said.

A Warner Brothers truck was spotted in Digbeth during filming last year Credit: BPM Media