‘Ender’s Game’ Adds Another Young Actor

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:28 pm,

The Hunger Games movie may be making all the headlines these days, but another popular YA series turned movie tentpole, Ender’s Game, is slowly making a splash of its own.

The Gavin Hood-directed feature is based on the first in a series of books by Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer, Orson Scott Card.  The books feature a dystopian future in which the Earth has suffered multiple attacks from an alien race. As a result, adults begin to teach kids to fight off the aliens at an elite training academy.

Reports state that Canadian teen star Brendan Meyer has joined Ender’s Game.  He joins Hugo‘s Asa Butterfield who stars as Ener Wiggin, and Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). Sir Ben Kingsley is also rumored to co-star in an unspecified role.

Meyer is rumored to be playing Stilson, one of Ender’s classmates who taunts him during training. Meyer is currently starring in the Disney XD series Mr. Young as a kid genius who returns to high school to teach his own ex-classmates. The Ender’s Game producing team includes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek 2, Transformers, Fringe) – who suffice to say know a thing or two about sci-fi at this point. Hood, who made the excellent Tsotsi, has a proven track record of directing young casts.

Here is a quick description of Ender’s Game:

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. 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.

It’s easy to be excited by the talent that is beginning to populate this flick.  You can’t go wrong with Sir Kingsley, Steinfeld has proven to be an adept actress in her own right, and Butterfield holds the screen with confidence in Hugo.

Ender’s Game is slated to bow on March 15, 2013

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. They’re gonna have to move fast on this before all the cast look too old. Asa Butterfield is already too old to play Ender for most of book. The book starts with Ender at age 5-6. I suppose they will have to re write it so he is 12-13 for most of it.

  2. Just so you know, ScreenRant, Stilson is a character on Earth, not Battle School.

    • Yeah, if they stay true to the book, this kid ain’t getting much screen time that isn’t flash backs.

      PS to all involved, don’t make this suck or I’ll start keeping my fart collection in your locker.

  3. A few errors. “Ender” and stiltson is a bully ender encountered on earth not in the battle school.

    The fact that stiltson looks so old in that picture already means that the have made alterations to the story. So for all I know stiltson may be a bully he encounters at battleschool in the movie. I’m not complaining though, changes are inevitable.

    I look forward to this movie.

    • You know what you guys are probably getting this character mixed up with one of the actual bullies ender meets at battle school.

      Is it possible that you guys are mistaken and brenden meyer is portraying the character Bonzo madrid or Benard?

  4. Stilson was ender’s classmate before he went to battle school. He was the reason Ender went after Ender brutally beats him.

  5. Stilson was at the school on earth. After Ender has the monitor removed from his neck they have a fight and Ender kills him by kicking him in the face. The actors they are choosing are far to old for the roles they will be playing. This would have been better as a mocap movie like Tin-Tin or Avatar. The subject matter in the book does not transalte well to a live action movie. The set piece will be too big and the battle room is going to have to really blow peoples minds to make it belivable. A live action movie would make it look clunky.

    And trust me this is not a young adult movie. the subject matter is not for young teens. This movie would have to be a very hard PG-13 the acts of violence the kids subject each other too really push the envelope. I hope that they choose a Spanish looking actor to portray Bonzo madrid.

    • I disagree i think it can still work. I knew from the get go when this was announced that the ages would be changed to make production of the movie possible. Finding a 5 year old who can hold a role as heavy as Ender’s is like trying to find a needle in a hay stack, it just ain’t going to happen. So I support that age change, the movie can still work despite this.

      And if you’ve seen Pirates of the carribean at worlds end behind the scenes you would have no doubts that the battle room can be replicated. Seriously.

      • The problem I have with older actors is that the book has Ender that age for a reason, and while I understand why it’s hard to find actors that young the younger they are the better. This is primarily because you need to have Ender both brilliant and yet largely innocent because if he’s old enough to know everything that is going on it’s a very different story.

  6. I’m psyched for this movie. I loved the book, and what I hear about this movie I like more and more.

  7. This actor “looks” more like a Bernard than a Stiltson. I mean, Stiltson is going to have what… maybe 2-4 minutes of screen time in this movie if they stay true to the book?

    I can’t wait to see sho they’ll get to play Bean, Bonzo and Alai.

  8. I’m a huge fan of the series, and am a bit nervous with the age changes. I feel exactly how Elton(above) feels. I hoped they would at least have a different younger child actor for the first part of the movie, but it’s not looking good for that if this teenager is seriously supposed to portray Stilson. What I’m hoping for the most is that the movie is successful enough for us to get a Speaker for the Dead out of them. At least in a Speaker for the Dead movie we wouldn’t have any age issues.

    Despite the drastic change of our main character’s age and subsequently the fact that his personality will be more mature, I’m still very excited for this movie!