After a decade in development, a few screenplays and a couple of production teams later, Ender’s Game will finally hit our screens in November.
Since the publication of Ender’s Game in 1985, Orson Scott Card has been protective of the screen rights and artistic control. Prospective screenplays have passed through the hands of Warner Brothers, Odd Lot Entertainment, producers David Benioff and D.B Weiss (currently at the helm of HBO’s Game of Thrones) but it is Summit Entertainment and Gavin Hood (screenwriter/director) who will be bringing the classic science-fiction novel to life.
The heavily-decorated cast includes Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin, Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham, Viola Davis (Doubt, The Help) as Major Anderson, Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) as Valentine Wiggin and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) as Petra Arkanian.
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham, all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin, a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.