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I remember reading Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” back in high school and really digging it. I’ve been meaning to re-read the book for the upcoming movie release, but have yet to get around to it. One of these days, I’ll get it done. Probably.
Until then, I can satiate my “Ender’s Game” appetite with this first official pic from the movie, featuring Harrison Ford (as Colonel Graff) and Asa Butterfield (as Ender) facing off in Battle School.
You may notice that the kids are a bit older in the movie. There’s a reason for that. Here’s how director Gavin Hood (yes, Gavin Hood of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” fame) explains it:
Bringing to life those “complicated” emotions was made easier by the fact that the recruits in the film are a bit older than the Launchies in the novel, who arrive at the Battle School when they are just six and grow into young adults. “I discussed this at length with Orson,” says Hood. “The decision was made very early on to compress the time period into about a year, so that we could have the same actor from beginning to end… We were trying to hit that sweet spot right around 12, which Asa fits in very nicely.” Hood said the decision was mostly a practical one: “When you sit down for two hours, you’re just beginning to bond with an actor, and then he changes and suddenly you’re bonding with someone who’s meant to be the same person, but you know he’s a different actor.”
“Ender’s Game” also stars Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Jimmy Pinchak, Aramis Knight, and saves the universe November 1st, 2013.