Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One adaptation got its first poster this weekend and there’s something a little off about it. Namely actor Tye Sheridan’s
left right leg which seems to stretch on into infinity.
The book, and the movie recreating it, are about a virtual reality called the OASIS and one teenager’s journey (Sheridan) to discover and Easter Egg there whose discovery will grant him a small fortune and control of the simulation. It’s a futuristic take on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory of sorts that’s littered with references to pop culture, video games, and other pillars of geek culture. With this in mind it would be reasonable to wonder whether Sheridan’s leg in the newly released poster is just a bitter graphics artist getting one last laugh at Warner Bros. expense or actually a mysterious clue that hints at something else.
That’s not normal. Yes, Sheridan’s climbing upwards so the perspective of the viewer in this poster would leave him looking a little stretched but there’s hall of mirrors distortion and then there’s slender man. The poster is in many ways intended to be a call back to the original E.T. one where Elliot and the alien are flying through the air on a bicycle in front of the moon. That leg though...
Here’s what the kid looks like in the book’s 2012 release as illustrated by Whiskey Tree.
These are the anatomic proportions we’ve all come to know and love. Meanwhile here’s a smattering of the internet’s take on Sheridan’s appendage: