Ender’s Game, for those not familiar, is based on the landmark, award-winning, science-fiction novel, as written by controversial author Orson Scott Card in 1985. The premise is that Earth has been twice invaded by a giant insect-like race called the Formics (a.k.a. “Buggers”), which has inspired the nations of the world to band together and form an international space military academy.
There, the world’s most intellectually-gifted young teens – a change from Card’s source novel, where the Battle School trainees are children – participate in war games (which take place in zero-gravity Battle Rooms), in order to prepare for the impending third Formic invasion of Earth. Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is perhaps the most brilliant and dangerous of those students – but is he capable of defeating the hive-minded extraterrestrial enemies at the gate?
Today, we can offer a preview for the full Ender’s Game trailer (which arrives next week), featuring an introduction by Butterfield (Hugo) and his costar Harrison Ford (42). The footage therein provides an early look at the Battle School, in addition to the physical layout and mechanics of the Battle Room; it concludes with a shot of Ben Kingsley (Iron Man 3), covered with facial tattoos as Mazer Rackham, who is a veteran warrior from a previous Formic invasion (sorry Ender’s Game book fans, we know his appearance is a bit of a spoiler).
Card, nowadays, is mostly controversial for his outspoken views on gay marriage, as opposed to for writing Ender’s Game; though, back when the book was originally published, it attracted criticism due to Card’s portrayal (or, rather, alleged moral justification) of violence committed by Ender, which even includes that against his fellow students.
Nowadays, when people hear what the story is about, they seem to often assume it’s just derivative of books-turned movies like Starship Troopers and The Hunger Games; as opposed to, a not-so-secret allegory for the life of Adolf Hitler. It’s for that reason, among others, that it will be interesting to see how writer/director Gavin Hood – as well as the producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek Into Darkness) – have chosen to approach the source material.
Hood, in the past, has made movies featuring protagonists with violent tendencies, but the results have varied from the more personal South African crime-drama Tsotsi – which is a Foreign Language Oscar-winning tale about a young gang leader – to the impersonal blockbuster that is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Maybe Ender’s Game will be the best of both worlds – ?
Ender’s Game opens in U.S. theaters on November 1st, 2013.