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First look at Harrison Ford in the adaptation of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game

Dec. 5, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Today, we have a new pic for fans of Orson Scott Card's 1985 novel ENDER'S GAME...or for fans of Harrison Ford.  The first official look at Dr. Jones himself has arrived, featuring a scene from the Gavin-Hood directed sci-fi pic.  Ford squares off with Ender, played by Asa Butterfield (HUGO) in a scene described by EW:

"Asa Butterfield (right) as Ender, standing in line with other new recruits (a.k.a. “Launchies”) early on at his time in the Battle School. He’s facing off with the imposing Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) over whether his emails to home are being blocked. It’s telling that the two characters are clashing over communication, since they’ve got major communication issues with each other. In the novel, Ender could never be sure whether Graff was manipulating him, or whether he simply saw great potential in him and wanted to foster it."

“The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,” explains Hood, “but he didn’t overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.”

Some fans may notice that the kids look a little older in the pic, which Hood addressed, saying “I discussed this at length with Orson,” says Hood. “The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.”  Hood continues, “When you sit down for two hours, you’re just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you’re bonding with someone who’s meant to be the same person, but you know he’s a different actor.”

As for the source material, Hood is all about assuaging your fears. “I am a fan,” he says, “and I have had a desire to do this and have been working on this now for nearly four years.” said Hood, who also addresses the controversial ending to the book. “That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book. I promise you that it is very much there.”

Here's the 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.

Having not read the book and knowing virtually nothing about it, I find this to be an intriguing project.  Since I'm not well-versed, I'm looking forward to discovering this for the first time onscreen.  Hood may have underwhelmed me with X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, but I think he's got something to show still. 

ENDER'S GAME, starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Viola Davis opens on November 1, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Fans of the book; what are we thinking?

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9:52AM on 12/06/2012
Saw Blade Runner the other day. Still a great movie.
Saw Blade Runner the other day. Still a great movie.
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7:57AM on 12/06/2012
As a huge fan of the book I'm not sure this picture is enough to assuage any worries people may have. One of the major points of the novel is that it is CHILDREN that are playing at war. I mean, Ender is supposed to be six! I realize that, on a practical level, that may not be possible, but then why make the movie?

I'm hoping for the best, but they have their work cut out for them and if they mess this up it'll hurt.
As a huge fan of the book I'm not sure this picture is enough to assuage any worries people may have. One of the major points of the novel is that it is CHILDREN that are playing at war. I mean, Ender is supposed to be six! I realize that, on a practical level, that may not be possible, but then why make the movie?

I'm hoping for the best, but they have their work cut out for them and if they mess this up it'll hurt.
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4:00AM on 12/06/2012
Most overrated book ever
Most overrated book ever
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3:04AM on 12/06/2012
It sounds like a lot of people are setting themselves up to hate this before they ever see it. When you create a movie that's based on a book it's a given that you will have to change some things to accommodate a different medium. Try to forget the details of the book and evaluate this movie on its own merits. It might just be good, even if it's not 100% faithful to the book.
It sounds like a lot of people are setting themselves up to hate this before they ever see it. When you create a movie that's based on a book it's a given that you will have to change some things to accommodate a different medium. Try to forget the details of the book and evaluate this movie on its own merits. It might just be good, even if it's not 100% faithful to the book.
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11:18PM on 12/05/2012

Too many spoilers in the synopsis for my taste

Other than that, I'm looking forward to this. I enjoyed the first four books, Asa Butterfield's a strong actor and it's been too long since Harrison Ford's done anything worth watching.
Other than that, I'm looking forward to this. I enjoyed the first four books, Asa Butterfield's a strong actor and it's been too long since Harrison Ford's done anything worth watching.
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10:38PM on 12/05/2012

almost fell asleep

there is star power and money all over the place with this one it seems... but the story seems real generic and been there done that... there's not even a new cool gimmick about it that I can tell. Meh
there is star power and money all over the place with this one it seems... but the story seems real generic and been there done that... there's not even a new cool gimmick about it that I can tell. Meh
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12:04PM on 12/05/2012
Harrison Ford - "Get off my plane! Wait, what?"
Harrison Ford - "Get off my plane! Wait, what?"
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11:56AM on 12/05/2012

I don't like the synopsis...

The fact that Mazer Rackham was still alive and going to train Ender was one of the biggest WTF moments in the book. Here Ender was intensely studying the video files from this man's battles, trying to get in his head, and learn strategize the way he did, but the synopsis kind of ruins that feeling of urgency about it.
The fact that Mazer Rackham was still alive and going to train Ender was one of the biggest WTF moments in the book. Here Ender was intensely studying the video files from this man's battles, trying to get in his head, and learn strategize the way he did, but the synopsis kind of ruins that feeling of urgency about it.
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11:36AM on 12/05/2012
Ford: "Don't act like Shia and we'll be good. Got it kid?"
Ford: "Don't act like Shia and we'll be good. Got it kid?"
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11:10AM on 12/05/2012
I hope they also focus on Ender's relationships with his brother and sister. Depends on whether or not they want they want to do any of the other Ender books, there's an original trilogy then they spawn off into a bunch of one shots. Im interested in this but skeptical. Harrison Ford hasn't done anything in recent memory noteworthy, I think Air Force One was his last good movie. The book, however, is fantastic and a pretty easy read, so I would check it out if you get the chance.
I hope they also focus on Ender's relationships with his brother and sister. Depends on whether or not they want they want to do any of the other Ender books, there's an original trilogy then they spawn off into a bunch of one shots. Im interested in this but skeptical. Harrison Ford hasn't done anything in recent memory noteworthy, I think Air Force One was his last good movie. The book, however, is fantastic and a pretty easy read, so I would check it out if you get the chance.
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10:53AM on 12/05/2012
"Where's my WIFE?!"
"Where's my WIFE?!"
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