Photograph by Ethan James Green; Styled by Carlos Nazario
Tye Sheridan, the 21-year-old star of virtual-reality epic Ready Player One, is maybe Hollywood’s most talented young transformation artist. Since the director Terrence Malick discovered the native Texan’s audition tape as a 10-year-old for his film The Tree of Life (Malick became convinced he could be the next James Dean), Hollywood’s finest filmmakers, from Jeff Nichols (Mud) to Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One, of course), have relied on Sheridan’s chameleonic powers to disappear into roles. Here, for W‘s cover story, we asked him to do the same—as a glam rocker, a raver, a Hollywood agent, a cowboy, a president, and more. Of course, he was a natural in every part.