Ender’s Game is an upcoming science fiction action film written and directed by South African born director Gavin Hood (who also directed 2005’s Tsotsi and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine). The film is based on the book of the same name by Orson Scott Card (which was published in 1985).
The film is set 70 years after the earth has been ravaged in two brutal alien wars by the Buggers (an alien race who are set on humanity’s annihilation). Ender’s Game tells the story of an unusually gifted child (Andrew “Ender” Wiggin) who is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future alien invasion.
Ender’s Game will feature appearances by Asa Butterfield (Andrew “Ender” Wiggin), Hailee Steinfeld (Petra Arkanian), veteran British Actor Sir Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham), Viola Davis (Major Anderson), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin) and Hollywood legend Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff).
The budget for Ender’s Game is rumored to around $110 million. According to to the Internet Movie Database website special wheel harnesses that allowed free range in motion were fitted to actors during the battle room scene filming process. These scenes are supposed to take place in a null gravity environment and the actors had to carefully choreograph their movements so they could give off the accurate illusion of floating around.
It sounds like the film is going to be released in the UK in late October and in the US in early November. No release date has been confirmed by Nu Metro or Ster-Kinekor for South African audiences yet.
If you ask me I don’t think that Ender’s Game is going to be “just another special effects fest”. I’m going to go out on a whim and say that I think that any science fiction film featuring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in the cast is bound to be a good one. These actors have been around longer than your average Hollywood actors and they pick their film projects wisely. If you check out the trailer below you might agree that it looks like this is going to an interesting, somewhat educational and action-packed ride.
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