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Harrison Ford among actors being eyed for Ender's Game, Hugo's Asa Butterfield confirmed for the lead

11.30.2011
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Last we talked about ENDER'S GAME, a casting call had been put out in search of the sci-fi adaptation's title role among other parts. That role has finally been locked down, as Variety reports that HUGO's Asa Butterfield has been cast as the film's young lead.

And now that the wheels of the production are moving, Variety is also reporting that the film's producers are in hot pursuit of their 'Colonel Hyrum Graff', the Commander of Training for the International Fleet which is an elite boys' military academy. Previously, Viggo Mortensen had been sought out for the role (somebody in charge obviously being a fan of his in G.I. JANE) but that wound up not working out. The producers now are looking at a group of veteran actors, one of which is Harrison Ford. If you don't count COWBOYS & ALIENS and KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, this would mark Ford's first attempt at sci-fi since RETURN OF THE JEDI.

ENDER'S GAME is being directed by Gavin Hood and comes written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman, Hood, and originating author Orson Scott Card. Here's a breakdown of the story (via Amazon):

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Source: Variety

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11:53AM on 11/30/2011
Orci and Kurtsman being on board certainly helps me cringe in fear a lot less than i would normally when an adaptation of one of my favorite novels come about. Not entirely sure I'm digging the director, but the casting looks solid. Though my vote would be for Ford as Mazer Rackham as well.
Orci and Kurtsman being on board certainly helps me cringe in fear a lot less than i would normally when an adaptation of one of my favorite novels come about. Not entirely sure I'm digging the director, but the casting looks solid. Though my vote would be for Ford as Mazer Rackham as well.
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11:38AM on 11/30/2011

Possible Spoiler?


This might be a minor spoiler. Skip it if you're worried.

No way. Harrison Ford should play Mazer Rackham. Old grizzled genius war hero asshole with a heart of gold? Come on.

This might be a minor spoiler. Skip it if you're worried.

No way. Harrison Ford should play Mazer Rackham. Old grizzled genius war hero asshole with a heart of gold? Come on.
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10:57AM on 11/30/2011
at war with the BUGGERS?!
at war with the BUGGERS?!
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11:51AM on 11/30/2011
Less lame than it sounds,really. It's an in universe slang term for the aliens, being that they are bug-like.
Less lame than it sounds,really. It's an in universe slang term for the aliens, being that they are bug-like.
9:09AM on 11/30/2011
Asa Butterfield = inspired choice and an amazing actor.

Harrison Ford = DON'T DO IT!! I'm sorry, but his recent turn for character roles just blows. He's FAR too good to be a character actor, and especially now.
Asa Butterfield = inspired choice and an amazing actor.

Harrison Ford = DON'T DO IT!! I'm sorry, but his recent turn for character roles just blows. He's FAR too good to be a character actor, and especially now.
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7:50AM on 11/30/2011

Great book!

Just finished reading it, had no idea they were making a film. If done right it could make a great movie, as long as they can capture the emotional punch that was in the book. The kids going to need the acting chops to pull it off - havent seen this kid in anything so cant comment on his suitability...
Just finished reading it, had no idea they were making a film. If done right it could make a great movie, as long as they can capture the emotional punch that was in the book. The kids going to need the acting chops to pull it off - havent seen this kid in anything so cant comment on his suitability...
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