Oh, I’ve been waiting! One of my favourite sci-fi books is finally coming to Hollywood. For those of you who haven’t read Ender’s Game — read it before the movie comes out! It’s only 300 pages or so. The production has started in February and the release date has been set to 15 March 2013. The movie is being directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rendition) and it features a whole lotta Oscar stardust.
None other than the best sci-fi actor there is, Harrison Ford, will be playing Colonel Graff. The young cast is also starstruck: Ender is being portrayed by Asa Butterfield the little boy who played Hugo (do look him up if you don’t know him), we’ll also see Hailee Steinfeld (True Gritt) as Petra, Abigail Breslin (you don’t need me to spell that one for you, right?) as Valentine, and young Aramis Knight (Rendition, Crossing Over, The Dark Knight Rises — Daamn, kid!) as one of my favourites — Bean. Ben Kingsley and Viola Davis will also be featured as the war hero Mazer Rackham and the academy Major Anderson.
The script is the third version created by Card and it’s a mash of Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow. I haven’t read the second one, but knowing the plot, it seems like a good idea to enrich the content by merging the two books.
I have to say I’m very happy about the news, even though they’re sort of old. I was serendipitously browsing the IMDb today when I ended up seeing Harrison Ford’s current filming project. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it goes through as planned and in less than a year we’ll be enjoying a brand new sci-fi saga. Remember, the Ender books make Harry Potter seem like a premature ejaculation, …if you’ll ‘scuse my language 🙂