HUGO Star Asa Butterfield Offered the Lead in ENDER’S GAME

     November 17, 2011

With the recent release date of March 15, 2013 set by Summit Entertainment, it looks like Ender’s Game is finally becoming a big-screen reality. And now, the role of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin has been offered to 14-year-old Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the Odd Lot Entertainment adaptation of the classic novel by Orson Scott Card involves young Ender caught up in an intergalactic conflict between Earth and an alien force. Recruited as a child soldier, Ender learns battle tactics through the use of anti-gravity games equipped with nothing but his jumpsuit and his wits. Hit the jump for more on Butterfield and Ender’s Game. [Update: We now have details on who will be handling the art direction and costume design for the film. Info is included after the jump]

enders-game-book-coverDeadline reports that Butterfield has been offered the role of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Butterfield has had previous roles in 2007’s Son of Rambow, as well as 2010’s The Wolfman and Nanny McPhee Returns. As we mentioned, he can next be seen in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo when it releases on November 23rd. (In a fun coincidence, Card’s novel was the recipient of the Hugo Award for the 1985’s best science fiction work.)

Produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind Star Trek 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, Ender’s Game is a much anticipated adaptation that has been a long time coming. Keep up to date with all our Ender’s Game news here.

[Update]: Now that we have a face to put with the name “Ender,” we can start to wonder what the world, the Battle School and the flash suits will look like. Variety (via previously reported that costume designer Christine Bieselin Clark (300) and art director Sean Haworth (TRON: Legacy) have joined the creative team. Clark previously worked under director Gavin Hood on X-Men Origins: Wolverine but has also designed costumes for TRON: Legacy and Watchmen. Haworth has been an art director on projects ranging from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to Transformers to Avatar. What do you think, Ender’s Game fans, can their vision match up with your imagination?

Check out the synopsis from Card’s novel below:

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 cut—young 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. [Amazon]

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