Playing Ender’s Game
U.S. Release Date: 11/1/13
“This movie should spark discussions about issues essential to the real world,” says Gavin Hood, the film’s director / screenwriter, who previously visited the sci-fi genre when he helmed 2009’s X-Men: Origins. Where is the line between good and evil? Most humans contain both qualities, sometimes in the same moment.”
Based in Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel of the same name, the film concerns Ender Wiggins (Asa Butterfield), who is the bright boy of his class – thanks to brains and a strong knowledge of battle strategy.
Landing a top space in command school, with help from Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford), Ender becomes leader in a simulated battle against the aliens.
Overseeing his progress is Ben Kingsley’s Mazer Rackham, a legendary commander who apparently won a massive smash up against the insectesoid extraterrestrials, affectionately known as Formics, years earlier.
Believing an alien mass attack to be in their immediate future, Rackham and Graff are forced to get Ender psyched for battle. Ender, meanwhile, begins to wonder whether this strategy is the best way to achieve peace.
Ender’s Game‘s sci-fi landscape is a change of pace for Butterfield, who previously played the title character in 2011’s Hugo, the historical tale of a young boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station.’s Game’s sci-fi landscape is a change of pace for Butterfield, who previously played the title character in 2011’s Hugo, the historical tale of a young boy who lives alone in a Paris railway station.
It is, of course, also a far cry from The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas in which Butterfield played Bruno, who befriends Schmuel, a young boy dressed in striped Pyjamas, who lives on the wrong side of a fence belonging to a concentration camp.
Hood says Butterfield is “mature beyond his years,” and credits the young actor for being kind, compassionate and intelligent. Once filmmakers knew he was ripe for the role of Ender Wiggins, Hood adds, they had their movie.
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Writer / Director: Gavin Hood (Based on Enders Game by Orson Scott Card)
Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley
Producers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker, Linda McDonough, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Orson Scott Card and Ed Ulbrich
Source: Press Notes
Image: (L) to (R) Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield in Ender’s Game. Copyright Summit Entertainment 2013. All Rights Reserved