Ender's Game e-book cover by Sam Weber
Gavin Hood, Orson Scott-Card
March 15, 2013
Ender's Game is an upcoming American science fiction film based on the novel of the same name by Orson Scott Card. Directed and written by Gavin Hood, the film will star Asa Butterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, an unusually gifted child who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Other stars will include Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, and Abigail Breslin. The film's storyline will be a fusion between Ender's Game and its parallel novel Ender's Shadow, focusing on the important elements of both.
The current release date is scheduled for March 15th, 2013.
After several years of failed production attempts, the latest in 2002 with Warner Bros. producing and Wolfgang Petersen directing, Odd Lott optioned the film in 2009 and Summit Entertainment signed on in 2011 to co-fund and distribute the film.
In late 2010, Summit Announced Gavin Hood (Totsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) would direct. The script is a Hood rewrite of an original script written by Orson Scott-Card.
Talented pre-teen children, including Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, discovered by humanity's military International Fleet, are trained for battle against the alien insectoid Formics ("Buggers") invading earth at a military academy known as Battle School, trained with a variety of simulations including the Battle Room. Ender is friends with a very young, former street urchin named Bean. From a production press release the script synopsis runs as follows.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of 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 Fleet (IF) 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. Ender easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers at Battle School. Ordained by Graff as the IF's next great hope, Ender is promoted to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and humankind.
The following roles have been cast and confirmed.
- Andrew "Ender" Wiggin - Asa Butterfield
- Colonel Hyrum Graff - Harrison Ford
- Valentine Wiggin - Abigail Breslin
- Mazer Rackham - Ben Kingsley
- Major Gwen Anderson - Viola Davis
- Petra Arkanian - Heilee Steinfeld
- Bonzo - Moises Arias
- Bean - Aramis Knight
- Fly Molo - Brandon Soo Hoo
- Andrea Powerll - Theresa Wiggin
- Alai - Suraj Partha
- Dink Meeker - Khylin Rhambo
- Bernard - Conor Carroll