The cast of Ender’s Game is coming together, with Hugo’s Asa Butterfield already onboard to play the title role, True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld in talks to star as young warrior Petra and Harrison Ford eyed as Colonel Hyrum Graff. Now THR reports that Ben Kingsley has been cast in the movie as well.
Ender’s Game is based on the award-winning sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, which revolves around a government program where gifted children are trained to prevent an imminent alien attack. They square off in a game described as a mix Quiddich and Star Wars’ light saber duels. Butterfield will play Ender, who emerges as a brilliant strategist and may be Earth’s best hope to defeat the alien scourge. Kingsley will play Mazer Rackham, a war hero who’s long been thought dead.
Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is set to direct Ender’s Game from his own adapted screenplay. It isn’t known when production may begin on, although Summit Entertainment has already set a March, 2013 release date.
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