Today Entertainment Weekly posted a new photo from the upcoming scifi film from director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Ender’s Game.
Anyone that has read the 1985 novel of Orson Scott, Ender’s Game, would understand why it took more than two decades to adapt it to the big screen. The first challenge would be shooting a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space Battle School, not to mention capturing its more complex themes about war and morality.
The big screen adaptation stars Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Ben Kingsley (Mandarin), Asa Butterfield (Ender), Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dilmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brendan Meyer, Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo. The film will arrived in theaters on November 1, 2013.
The movie is as it goes:
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
In the image below, which was recently released by EW, we see the first glimpse of Asa Butterfield (right) as Ender, standing in line with other new recruits known as “Launchies” during his time the Battle School. Asa is facing the imposing the Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford). In the novel, Ender was never sure if Graff was manipulating him, or whether he just saw great potential in him and wanted to foster it.
Colonel Graff (Ford) shouting at Ender (Butterfiel) in Ender’s Game
Gavin Hood stated that the actors tried to mirror their characters’ emotions. “The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,but he didn’t overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.”
So Asa Butterfield was intimidated by legendary actor Harrison Ford, that’s some good coaching right there. By the way don’t forget to like Ender’s Game official Facebook page.