K: Where’s the Hype for Ender’s Game?

As many exciting movies are rolling out in the next few months of 2012 and one at midnight tonight, we are extremely hyped for all of them. But one movie that has not received nearly any hype, is the legendary Orson Scott Card‘s science fiction novel Ender’s Game.

The novel that inspired the movie.

To be fair, the flick doesn’t come out for another year (March 15, 2013 is the set release date), but casting is coming together with a few well-known actors and multiple Hollywood unknowns. Gavin Hood of X-Men Origins: Wolverine is set to direct the film so hopefully he can make this into a bigger and more successful flick than his last effort.

For those of you not familiar with Card’s award-winning novel, here is a quick synopsis to catch you up. From IMDB.com: “70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.”

But there is so much more to this charming, “young adult” work of fiction than just sci-fi action and green aliens. I could go on and on about the book, yet the intention of this article is to focus on the upcoming film adaptation!

Sir Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield of Hugo have already been cast as Mazer Rackham and Ender Wiggin*. Rackham is a retired and decorated war hero who fought (and won) against the alien invasion 70 years ago. The lead character, Ender (or Andrew) Wiggin, is a brilliant child who begins training with the washed up hero after attending “Battle School” – a school in space designed to train gifted children for future command positions in the international fleet.

Butterfield (left) and Kingsley will be reunited once again in Ender's Game.

Other members of the young cast are several unknowns: Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo Hoo, Nonso Anozie, and Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine as Ender’s sister, Valentine.

Oh, and did I mention that HARRISON FORD IS GOING TO BE IN THIS MOVIE?! He’ll be playing Colonel Hyrum Graff. Get Hyped!

*Interestingly enough, Ender’s Game (and its sequel Speaker for the Dead) was awarded the Hugo and Nebula Award, two of science fiction’s top prizes!

For those of you who have read it, what are your thoughts or concerns on the novel heading to the big screen? Feel free to leave questions or comments for us!

Those of you have haven’t read it, I highly encourage you to do so, right after you see the Hunger Games!

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