First Trailer for ENDER’S GAME Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, and Harrison Ford

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Lionsgate has released the first trailer for director Gavin Hood’s anticipated adaptation of the Orson Scott Card novel Ender’s Game.  The film tells the story of Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a young boy sent away to Battle School to hone his military skills and, hopefully, save the world from an impending alien invasion.  I plan to read the book before I see the movie, but was someone who is unfamiliar with the material, nothing in this trailer really leaps out at me.  It feels like they’re pushing a Hunger Games-vibe (putting a heavy burden on young adults) plus a lot of CG.  Also, Harrison Ford sounds really bored even though his narration is about trying to save humanity from annihilation.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Khylin Rhambo, Moises Arias, and Ben Kingsley.  Ender’s Game opens on November 1st.

Via Summit Entertainment.

Here’s the official synopsis for Ender’s Game:

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.

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  • sense 11

    meh

  • Stinky

    I wonder if Orson Scott Card’s politics will get in the way of box office success.

    • TheHOYT

      They probably will. Which is a shame. I probably fall more in-line with Card’s ideology, but I still enjoy art created by those with different lifestyles than mine.

  • CaptainTrololol

    I really hope they don’t turn this into a explosions-underdog-war-hero story, because that’s not what it is. It’s a brilliantly twisted take on conflict and its (disputed) necessity.

  • CaptainTrololol

    I really hope they don\’t turn this into a explosions-underdog-war-hero story, because that\’s not what it is. It\’s a brilliantly twisted take on conflict and its (disputed) necessity.

  • Anon

    I love Han Solo and Indiana Jones just as much as anyone else but people need to stop casting Harrison Ford. He clearly doesn’t give a crap in every role he’s played in the last 8 years.

    • CaptainTrololol

      I agree with you on some counts. But, I thought he was excellent in 42, at least.

    • Anonymous

      Completely agree with anon

  • The Destroyer

    Well Orson Scott Card can’t write detail to save his life, but this looks pretty good. I only read the first book, thought it had an interesting concept, but was horribly written. I had no interest or need to read the sequels, I thought the story was finished well and didn’t need to be continued. That being said the movie looks good and I will give it a shot. My only hope is that Ender is from Greensboro, NC in the movie like he is in the book, which is where I currently live.

  • john

    So for anyone who’s read the book, did they pull a Quarantine and show the end of the movie (at least the end of the final battle) in the trailer? Or was that something else?

  • john

    So for anyone who\’s read the book, did they pull a Quarantine and show the end of the movie (at least the end of the final battle) in the trailer? Or was that something else?

    • Matt

      Sure looks like it.

  • Matt

    Did they just fucking spoiled the final battle already???

    • Anonymous

      Ish but holy shit are marketing people fucking idiots. Ruin an entire buildup with a single shot. Just proves that this movie is most likely being dumbed down for middle america.

      • Nerdgasm

        “Middle America” ? Wow. Douchiest comment of the year. People who point out inferiority are only inferior themselves.

      • pinkincide

        Agree. People stereotype and slander whole regions of people and yet they constantly call other people bigots.

    • poppincherry

      The CG is so bad light is moving around the speed of a Honda accord. Just plain bad.
      And Ford just phoning his shit in these days.

  • grittier

    Hot Damn, the film synopsis alone walks you through all of the spoilers. Nice one guys!

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Well… the special effects look good, but then so did Battleshit’s.

  • BMW328

    I think it looks pretty good, pretty much exactly how I saw it while reading the book, looking forward to seeing it :)

  • BMW328

    I think it looks pretty good, pretty much exactly how I saw it while reading the book, looking forward to seeing it :)

  • Anon

    They need to stop casting Harrison Ford in films. He clearly doesn’t try anymore.

  • Anon

    They need to stop casting Harrison Ford in films. He clearly doesn’t try anymore.

  • PhoenixStark

    Finally y’all updated your commenting system… lol about this now… ya I’m going to need to pick up the book…

  • PhoenixStark

    Finally y’all updated your commenting system… lol about this now… ya I’m going to need to pick up the book…

  • Eanetdude

    Looks okay.

  • Mike

    Wack trailer. Way to ruin the movie for intelligent people. When it comes down to that scene, the audience will already know what Ender will do. Stupid marketing team.

  • Mike

    Wack trailer. Way to ruin the movie for intelligent people. When it comes down to that scene, the audience will already know what Ender will do. Stupid marketing team.

  • Godot18

    Butterfield is just too old. Ender is six when the book starts, and around 11 when it ends. Part of the horror of the book is reading about a six year old making a cold calculation about killing a classmate (not spoiling anything there, it happens early). If it’s kids in their late teens, it’s just Hunger Games meets Starship Troopers (with a little Toys thrown in).

    • nNark

      Agreed. They seem to have not bothered trying to find a 9- or 10-yo who could play 6, and that IS a shame, because, as you say, what riveted me to the story was this amazingly prescient tyke recruited for this adult task. Too bad.
      And, as others have pointed out, that the trailer gives away so many plot points (if you’re familiar with the book) at least prepares me to be disappointed in the whole thing.
      Finally, if Scott’s politics get in the way at all, well, I’m fine with that. He’s SO over-the-top in his thinking that I just cannot get past it. His rigid homophobia bothers me more than anything, considering how forward-thinking some of his stories get.

  • Captain Piha

    Meh. Seems the studio is trying to start some serious franchise building but are too scared to push the boundaries beyond cliched platitudes. For me, only the presence of Gavin Hood (whose CV is above average – just) and Misters Kingsley and Ford have given this film any traction and the dull trailer has just blown that apart. November still belongs to Thor.

    • TheApprentice12

      I think November will belong to both Thor and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Ender’s Game will likely be successful but it probably won’t have the level of star power that Thor and The Hunger Games have.

  • Captain Piha

    Meh. Seems the studio is trying to start some serious franchise building but are too scared to push the boundaries beyond cliched platitudes. For me, only the presence of Gavin Hood (whose CV is above average – just) and Misters Kingsley and Ford have given this film any traction and the dull trailer has just blown that apart. November still belongs to Thor.

  • Dex

    This movie looks terrible. Did anyone really expected this to be good, from the guy who directed the Wolverine Origins movie?

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  • Lex Walker

    Wow. If you’d have told me when I was 8 or 9 that they were making this movie, I’d have been thrilled. Now though, spoiling the entire movie in the trailer and creating something with an aesthetic that feels too new and polished…Ugh.

  • Lex Walker

    Wow. If you’d have told me when I was 8 or 9 that they were making this movie, I’d have been thrilled. Now though, spoiling the entire movie in the trailer and creating something with an aesthetic that feels too new and polished…Ugh.

  • shadypotential

    this is going to flop soooo bad lol

  • MITNG

    You know how these things go guys…the second trailer will be for us.

  • Scooter

    Wow! There are a lot of negative
    comments! I love the book, have read it 3 times since childhood, but even I
    know you can’t make a book to movie scene by scene you have to take the essence
    and the felling of the book and successfully translate that to screen. I hope
    this movie can do that, but I loved the trailer. I can’t wait to see how Asa
    acts in it. Although if you have read the book then they clearly show the ending
    of the movie which stinks…but I love sci-fi and this looks like they took a really
    cool approach! So WOOO LETS GO!!

  • alk

    lots of wtfs in this trailer. 1. why is asa butterfield look and talk like such a pansy as Ender, 2. ben kingsley’s face tattoo is just so random, i get that this is sci fi and all, but really? couldnt they just give him a wacky hairdo or space helmet or something…or even glowy eyes to sell the fact, 3. harrison ford is in unfamiliar territory as a drill sargeant type, which i like but its too straightforward. i hope we see more range. and damn that mole on his chin really HAS TO GO! it’s so distracting…, 4. cgi looks like video game cutscenes, 5. this trailer gives me nothing about the plot- just a bunch of kid astronauts in a space school in a war against aliens…OKAY…… trailer grade: D!

  • bidi

    looks like they’re going for an awards push? “academy award nominee Hailee Steinfeld.” really? pretty sure the demo they’re going for doesn’t give a shit about the oscars

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  • poppincherry

    First rate garbage.

  • poppincherry

    I done dropped duces(like ten minutes ago) that look better than that bull****!

  • old hippie

    ….anybody ever see “the last starfighter”?

    • anon

      You can’t make movies like in the 80s anymore.

      Imagine this made in the second half of 80 with the budget Blade Runner had.

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