This week has seen several new images released from Gavin Hood’s upcoming Ender’s Game, an adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s clasisic sci-fi novel. Aside from giving us our first glimpse of the characters, the images aren’t especially revealing as they are more or less in line with what we already know from the novel (see for yourself in the gallery below). It’s likely that Hood will keep the highly-anticipated Battle Room sequences (zero-gravity mock-battles in the novel) for the first trailer.
The film’s synopsis has also been released:
In the near future, a hostile alien race (called the Formics) have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is pulled out of his school to join the elite.
Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
It is not yet known how closely Hood’s version of Ender’s Game will resemble the source material. In the commentary for the audio books of the series, Card revealed that he had been working on several drafts of the script, one of which combined Ender’s Game with it’s sidequel, Ender’s Shadow, which portrays the same events from the point of view of Bean, one of Ender’s friends. While we know that Bean will appear in the film, played by Aramis Knight, but how big of a role Hood has given the diminutive character remains to be seen. As a huge fan of little Bean myself, I for one am hopeful that Hood has taken on Card’s vision of the film centering around Ender and Bean’s friendly rivalry.
Also featuring Abigail Breslin as Ender’s sister Valentine, Viola Davis as Major Gwen Anderson (changed from a male character in the book), Hailee Steinfeld as the tomboy Petra Arkanian, get ready for Ender’s Game on November 1st!