There is also the sensible thinking that Ready Player One and Star Wars share a similar science fiction focused audience, so a shift arguably makes sense for both films.
Written by Ernie Cline, the screenwriter behind Fanboys (2009), Ready Player One follows teenager Wade Watts who likes to escape his dreary, dangerous real world by logging into Oasis, a globally networked virtual utopia where users lead idyllic alternate lives.
When the game's eccentric, Steve Jobs style billionaire creator dies, he offers up his fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Wade is pitted against powerful corporate foes and ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the Oasis and the real world, to reach the riches first.
Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel) is set to play Sam, a Canadian blogger who goes by the handle Art3mis in Oasis and ends up joining forces with Wade, while Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly) has been cast as nefarious corporate type Nolan Sorrento.
Given that the date had been identical over here, we would expect a similar move for the UK.