Brian and Anita attend Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” London Premiere


Brian May and Anita Dobson attended the European Premiere of the new Spielberg film Ready Player One at the Vue in Leicester Square, London, last night, Monday 19th March.

Steven Spielberg, Simon Pegg and Brian May among stars at Ready Player One premiere in London – as Birmingham welcomes Jasper Carrott to its own advance screening event
20 March 2018


Steven Spielberg may have been in London at the premiere of his latest blockbuster, but Birmingham had its own glittering ceremony for the film – much of which was shot on second city’s streets. The world-renowned director, who was spotted on the Birmingham set for the film in September 2016, was joined at the Leicester Square event last night (Monday) by fellow stars including cast member and comedian Simon Pegg, Queen icon Brian May, and pop princess Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Brian May and Anita Dobson, London Premiere 'Player One'
Brian May (left) and Anita Dobson attending the European Premiere of Ready Player One held at the Vue West End in Leicester Square, London

Broad Street’s Cineworld had its own advance screening of the flick, which saw Brummie comedy icon Jasper Carrott attend, as well as some from the cast of BBC series Doctors. Many of the movies’ scenes were shot in roads and buildings around the Custard Factory and Jewellery Quarter. The sets caused much speculation and confusion, as their design gave away very little about the theme of the film. The highly-anticipated trailers also revealed a very limited amount of information.

The veteran filmmaker’s latest blockbuster is an adaptation of Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One, in which a group of young people embark on a journey to win ownership of the virtual universe the Oasis, an internet-based simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies in virtual reality.

The film is packed with pop culture references, including Back To The Future, Superman, King Kong and The Breakfast Club, as well as those from Spielberg’s own films from the past three decades.