Ben Kingsely continues to be cinema's most unlikely badass. He's about to blow everybody away as The Mandarin in IRON MAN 3, while his next role sees him tackling another beloved character in the form of Mazor Rackham in ENDER'S GAME. Entertainment Weekly has just debuted the first look at Kingsley in character, whose face is covered in Maori tribal tattoos.
Here's what Kingsley had to say about his mysterious character, a war hero:
In the script, which I think is beautifully written, what come across is the authority and mystery... There’s quite a lot said about him in the story before you see him — by the recruits and by his fellow officers — and that’s useful as far as preparations.”
Everything you need to know about the story of ENDER'S GAME can be found in this synopsis:
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.
The first trailer for the Gavin Hood-directed film should be appearing soon, so keep your eyes peeled. ENDER'S GAME opens on November 1st.