Steven Spielberg surprised fans by premiering his highly anticipated movie Ready Player One at a secret screening at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Texas.
Despite a glitch which caused the sound to cut out half-way through, the film earned a standing ovation from the audience.
Introducing the movie, which is set in a futuristic video game, the 71-year-old director, pictured below, told those lucky enough to get a ticket that he wanted to make it for “people who don’t play video games, who may have never played a video game”.
He added: “This isn’t a film that you must have gotten into the gaming world in order to really get involved with. So this is not just for gamers but this is also a movie that has so many cultural references.”
Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name.
It is set in a dystopian future where the characters spend most of their lives in a virtual-reality system called Oasis. The cast includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, TJ Miller, Simon Pegg and Mark Rylance.
It is released in the UK on March 30.