I’ve never read Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game,” but from all accounts it’s one of the seminal pieces of science fiction written in the past century. It won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1986, and a film version has been in the works for years. Now, director Gavin Hood is one month away from production on a movie starring Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield as the lead character, and a few more names have jumped on board.
Sir Ben Kingsley will play the role of Mazer Rackham, a former war hero who trains Ender in Command School. Brandon Soo Hoo (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) joins as Fly Molo, one of Ender’s fellow soldiers. Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Abigail Breslin are also aboard the project.
Like I said, I’m totally unfamiliar with everything about this book. A cursory glance over the details gives me the impression that the book had a great deal of influence on the Halo video game franchise, but I don’t want to read too deeply into the synopsis if I’m going to see a movie version in just over a year. So I’ll throw it to the people who actually know what they’re talking about with this one: fans of the book, are you looking forward to the movie version? Knowing these characters, do Kingsley and Soo Hoo sound like good fits? I’m depending on your comments to either build or deflate my excitement for this film, which hits theaters March 15, 2013.