British Town Goes Crazy Over Spielberg Filming There

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Steven Spielberg turned up in the British city of Birmingham, England to film his latest movie.

Locals were surprised after the Oscar-winning director was spotted in the town of Digbeth filming, on location with his crew for dystopian science fiction thriller Ready Player One. Set in 2044, the movie is based on the novel by Ernest Cline.

News of the film legend’s arrival in the city caused mass excitement on social media with users creating the hashtag #spielberginbrum.

BBC news presenter Marverine Cole tweeted: “Love that the world’s most famous film director chose the world’s best city as a location for his new movie #spielberginbrum #Birmingham.

Local Amy Williams posted: “THIS is why our street is closed!!!! Filming a Steven Speilberg film!!!! Of all places.” While other Twitter users inserted the names of Birmingham locations into Spielberg movie titles.

The Birmingham Mail revealed last week that the director of E.T, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and current hit The BFG was heading for the city, but it seems that residents were not convinced until the director was actually seen on set, dressed in a chambray shirt and panama hat.

The Ready Player One movie cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, BFG star Mark Rylance, Star Trek‘s Simon Pegg, TJ Miller and Ben Mendelsohn.

Set in the near future, the movie 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 the 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 is set for release in 2018.