The first of what we presume will be several trailers for the new movie Ender’s Game, based on the 1985 novel by Orson Scott Card and starring Harrison Ford and newcomer Asa Butterfield, was released just the other day. Here’s your first look at it from Krypton Radio.
The sci-fi high adventure thriller sets the stage with an imperiled humankind that has barely survived two conflicts with the “Buggers”, an insectoid alien species. They know the third invasion is coming. 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 where they are taught in increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room, where Ender’s tactical genius is revealed.
Critics at the time denounced Card’s perceived justification of his characters’ violent actions, and in fact it is Wiggin’s ultraviolent tendencies that bring him to the attention of the Battle School in the first place. The book is suggested reading for many military organizations, including the United States Marine Corps. It’s won several awards, including the Nebula in 1985 and the Hugo in 1986 for best novel.
For decades the book was thought to be unfilmable owing to the many zero gravity sequences and visual effects, though modern CG capabilities have finally removed that obstacle. The film is directed by Gavin Hood, and is planned for release on November 1, 2013. Card is co-producing the film.
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