Less than two week’s after Asa Butterfield (Hugo) was offered the lead in Ender’s Game, we can confirm that the young actor will indeed portray Andrew/Ender, the third Wiggin sibling. Fans of the source material (the 1985 Hugo/Nebula Award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card) will be happy to see that sights are now set on casting Colonel Hyrum Graff. None other than sci-fi fan-favorite Harrison Ford is reportedly being eyed for the role. Who better to play the aging Commander of Training for the International Fleet than the grizzled veteran?
Director Gavin Hood’s adaptation of Ender’s Game will follow the titular character in a coming-of-age tale as he develops military strategies through war games in an attempt to prepare for an intergalactic battle. Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game hits screens on March 15, 2013. Hit the jump for more.
Variety reports that producers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Gigi Pritzker and Linda McDonough are discussing possible casting choices for Colonel Graff in a veteran group that includes Ford. Viggo Mortensen was previously in talks for the role, but negotiations broke down. Colonel Graff is essentially a surrogate father for all of the children at the Battle School, but takes special notice of Ender. Whether this works out well for the young man in the end…well, you’ll just have to wait and see. Get caught up with all of our Ender’s Game coverage here. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, check out the novel synopsis below (via Amazon):
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut–young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.