In a near future Massive Multiplayer Online Playing Game have been brought to the next level: players are now controlling real humans in the real world! That's the premise of Gamer (previously titled Game then Citizen Game), an upcoming sci-fi action thriller movie written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (the two geniuses behind Crank). Gerard Butler has got the lead role as an unwilling participant in an online game in which participants can control human beings as players. Also starring in the movie: Logan Lerman, Milo Ventimiglia (the guy from Heroes), Aaron Yoo, Ludacris, Alison Lohman and John Leguizamo. The movie Gamer is expected to be released on September 4, 2009.
A bootleg trailer of Gamer has leaked online:
"Set in the near-future, mind-control technology has taken society by storm and a multiplayer on-line game called 'Slayers' allows humans control other humans in mass-scale. Simon controls Kable (Gerard Butler) the on-line champion of the game, and with his every move tracked by millions, his ultimate challenge becomes regaining his identity and independence by defeating the game's mastermind (Hall) through launching an attack on the system that has imprisoned him."
- Gerard Butler as Kable, the highest-ranked warrior in the game "Slayers"
- Logan Lerman as Simon, who controls Kable
- Milo Ventimiglia as Rick Rape, described as "Moonraker, silver grill, with a latex outfit making him look like a bumblebee
- Aaron Yoo as Humanez Dude
- Alison Lohman as Trace
- Kyra Sedgwick as Gina Parker Smith
- Michael C. Hall as Ken Castle
- John Leguizamo as Freek
- Johnny Whitworth as Scotch
- Zoe Bell as Sandra
- Amber Valletta as Angie
This looks like a hell of action! The movie Gamer I bet will appeal not only to player hordes but also to a larger public. The central theme of Gamer raises issues that we must not wait to debate because we are likely to deal with them in a near future: the pace of technology progress is such that the mind-control gizmo from Gamer isn't so farfetched....