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The Trailer for “Ender’s Game” Has Arrived

The trailer for Ender’s Game is finally here.

Based on the worldwide bestseller by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game takes place 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.

The film starts Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Hyrum Graff), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin) and Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham). It opens November 1st.

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 Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, 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.

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5 Comments on The Trailer for “Ender’s Game” Has Arrived

  1. They seem to have dispensed with the ‘game’ aspect of Ender’s Game. I’d say that meant they had wandered a bit from the original concept, except Mr. Card had already wandered a long way from his original concept anyway.

  2. Dunno. In the book the kids have so much personality… they completely overshadow the adults. Here, they are all so bland.

  3. The 20th anniversary audio book is, by far, the best presentation of Ender’s game, the book. It IS the book, brilliantly played and completely unabridged.

    The movie is a two hour or so adaptation of the book and will never be anything more than a movie. They cannot be compared as they are two different media. Disappointment is sure to be found traveling that road.

    I think this trailer does a great job of punching up the Sci-fi aspects (and movie stars) necessary for drawing in a general audience to unfamiliar territory. There is a slim chance the children’s drama will be the focus of the movie. Except with all the bullying stories in the news, they may play down that aspect in the film. In fact, I wonder if there will be any reference to the cold and calculated child murders Ender commits? One spark at least: Mazer appears to be as cruel as he is designed. Never imagined him, what…Maori?

    The PTB do have to find a way to make the little sociopath likeable, which he is not, so it means making the grown-ups even less likeable.

    It looks pretty, though. Think you Graff will get fatter, like in the book?

  4. David Greybeard // May 9, 2013 at 9:51 am //

    I, for one, will be boycotting this movie because of author Card’s radical right wing, bigoted politics. I hope this movie gets a huge boycott.

    • Hmm. I won’t be going to the movie, but that’s just because I seem some off-putting stuff in the trailer. Hard to take Card seriously enough to boycott him for his views. Although his views are pretty offensive. But almost everybody in the movie making world is offensive enough to justify a boycott.

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