Recently rumored for the role, Hugo star Asa Butterfield confirmed earlier today via Twitter that he’s officially joined Summit Entertainment’s big-screen version of Ender’s Game. Now, Variety has word that the next major bit of casting is the role of Colonel Hyrum Graff and that the producers are keen on getting Harrison Ford for the part (though there are said to be other unnamed possibilities as well).
To be directed by Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Ender’s Game is based on the science fiction novel series by Orson Scott Card, officially described as follows:
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cutyoung Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Though his casting is far from a done deal, Ford is no stranger to sci-fi worlds. He made iconic the role of both Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Recently, Ford merged sci-fi with action adventure in both Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Cowboys and Aliens.
Check back soon for full casting details as they become available. Ender’s Game is slated for release on March 15, 2013.
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