Director Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) has recently given an interview to EW about his forthcoming film Ender’s Game, which is based on Orson Scott Card’s very popular 1985 sci-fi novel. Set in the future, Ender’s Game finds Earth at war with an insectoid race named the Formics and follows Ender, a very gifted and talented child who is one of a group of children being trained at a battle school in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games.
The film stars Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Colonel Graff and rising star Asa Butterfield (Hugo) as Ender, one of the new recruits due to be trained. Thanks to EW, we have our first glimpse of the two characters in action…
Bearing in mind the popularity of the novel, there are high expectations in Hollywood for the adaptation of Ender’s Game and a key element of the story will be the relationship between Graff and Ender. “The relationship between [Harrison] and Asa was very close,” explains Hood. “But he didn’t overly befriend him off the set. He helped Asa by allowing that slight sense of intimidation to be there.”
Ender’s Game also stars Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), Viola Davis (The Help) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), and is due to be released in cinemas on November 1st, 2013.