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Akira Bike Makes Appearance in Ready Player One Movie Trailer

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

A familiar motorcycle showed up in a car chase scene in the recently released trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One dystopian pop-culture sci-fi flick. The iconic red motorcycle from Katsuhiro Otomo's cyberpunk masterpiece Akira shows up in the last third of the trailer.

Ernest Cline's original novel, dubbed "holy grail of pop culture" features a plethora of early Japanese video game and anime references, from Neon Genesis Evangelion to Toei's Spider-Man (written as Supaidaman in the book) live-action series. It will be interesting which of these properties the Hollywood producers decided to shell out licensing costs to include, because if so audiences might get to see Robotech, Voltron, Mazinger Z, and actual Gundam battle on the big screen.

Within the actual trailer, besides Kaneda's bike, viewers can spot Freddy Kruger, The Iron Giant, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, and the A-Team's van.

Ready Player One stars X-Men: Apocalypse alumni Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts. He's joined by Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, Ben Mendelsohn, and Olivia Cooke. The film opens in theaters on March 30, 2018.

Thanks to Bob Thewes for the news tip.

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