From this Ender’s Game (1985) Book to this Ender’s Game (2013) Movie, it took a long 28 years to have this fully materialized. From a military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card, it is set in Earth’s future.
The novel presents an imperilled mankind that has barely survived two conflicts with the Formics or “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders.
The world’s most talented children, including the novel’s protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.
A film adaptation of the same name directed by Gavin Hood and starring Asa Butterfield as Ender with talented Academy Award winners including Hailee Steinfeld and Ben Kingsley and nominees Harrison Ford, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin is going to be shown on November 1, 2013. Card is co-producing the film.
Sometime in the near future, humanity began to explore the solar system and master interplanetary spaceflight. In doing so, they encountered an alien race known as the Formics, derogatorily dubbed “buggers” due to their insect-like appearance, scouting the system and establishing a forward base in the asteroid Eros. The Formics attacked the humans and the two races entered into two drawn-out wars. Despite political conflict on Earth between three ruling parties, the Hegemon, Polemarch, and Strategos, a peace was established and an International Fleet (IF) formed to combat the Formics. In preparation for the Formics’ inevitable return (dubbed the “third invasion”) the IF created the Battle School, a program designed to find children of the best and brightest tactical minds and to subject them to rigorous training so as to defeat the Formic threat once and for all.
- Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin. In a 1999 interview, Orson Scott Card confirmed that Jake Lloyd was under consideration for the role. Card asked fans not to judge Lloyd based on his performance in The Phantom Menace, saying that a better script and direction would result in a better performance. In July 2008, Card stated that he would like to see Nathan Gamble play Ender, and expressed regret that he was “probably too old” for the part.
- Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff. Early in the film’s development, Card considered changing Graff to a female, and recommended a “dry comic” such as Janeane Garofalo or Rosie O’Donnell for the role.
- Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham. In a 1998 interview, Card suggested Andre Braugher or Will Smith for the role.
- Abigail Breslin as Valentine Wiggin
- Hailee Steinfeld as Petra Arkanian
- Aramis Knight as Bean
- Moises Arias as Bonzo
- Jimmy Pinchak as Peter Wiggin
- Suraj Parthasarathy as Alai
- Conor Carroll as Bernard
- Khylin Rhambo as Dink
- Brandon Soo Hoo as Fly Molo
- Viola Davis as Major Anderson
- Caleb J. Thaggard as Stilson. Brendan Meyer was originally cast in the role, but had to leave the production due to a scheduling conflict.
- Stevie Ray Dallimore as John Paul Wiggin[
- Andrea Powell as Theresa Wiggin
- Nonso Anozie as Sergeant Dap
- Dee Bradley Baker as TBA (voice)
- Orson Scott Card as Pilot (voice cameo)
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