Harrison Ford & Abigail Breslin Join ‘Ender’s Game’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:32 am,



Ender’s Game casting news continues to filter out, and today we get some of the biggest news yet. Harrison Ford, long sought to join Gavin Hood’s (Wolverine) sci-fi epic, based on Orson Scott Card’s series of novels of the same name, has officially signed on, and Abigail Breslin (New Year’s Eve) will also join the cast as Valentine Wiggin, the titular protagonist’s older sister.

The Hugo and Nebula Award winning YA novels tell the story of an Earth that has been united after being attacked by an alien race. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), is a child genius and one of many child soldiers in training, who must save the world from the malevolent aliens dubbed “buggers”.

Ford joins a prestigious cast that includes Academy Award-winners Ben Kingsley (Gandhi) and director Hood (Tsotsi), Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and the impressive Asa Butterfield (Hugo). Ford will play Colonel Hyram Graff, who’s in charge of training the young male recruits at an elite military academy dedicated to defeating the alien forces bent on human destruction.  Steinfeld will play Petra Arkanian, Ender’s ally and trusted right hand.

For a more in depth rundown of the cast, see the listing of the other characters that have been cast so far:

Ford’s last two films, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and “Cowboys & Aliens, both had extraterrestrial overtones (for better or worse) but based on the awesome source material, we can hold out hope that Ender’s Game has a better chance of satisfying audiences. Besides, Han Solo gets the benefit of the doubt when it comes to sci-fi, right?

Ender’s Game is slated to blast off March 15, 2013.

Source: Variety

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  1. Well this really clinches it. We can rest assured that it will get made. Now the challenge becomes can they do it justice? I for one hope so. Maybe Hollywood can generate another set of really good Science Fiction classics in the coming years…

  2. @the old man, I know exactly what you mean, Enders Game is one of the few books I have read and reread the Ender’s Shadow series was excellent as well, I hope they do the source material justice. Breslin is brilliant for Val…

    • Yep and someone should buy the rights to Stephen Baxter’s Xeelee Sequence stories. Love to see that on film.

  3. Petra, is not Enders right hand. Thats bean. She teaches Ender how to shoot and the rules of the battle school.

  4. Lurn two spel. It is P-E-T-R-A and R-A-C-K-H-A-M! Also, in an earlier article Stilson was described as being at Battle School with Ender but he torments him on Earth after the monitor is removed!

  5. Graff is in charge of training both male and female recruits.
    Hailee Steinfeld plays Petra, who is a recruit and very important character

  6. I’m still waiting for Solo…

  7. Sorry, this is a bit off topic but could anyone help? I’ve just finished reading “Children of the Mind”, which is book No.4 in the Ender saga. I’m desperate to read more. I am a little hesitant to read the shadow series because I was worried it was going to re-tread things. I wanted to know what happens next in the ender universe. I can find Ender book No.6 “Ender in Exile” to download, but cannot find a 5th book. I’m a little confused. Are you supposed to read the ender series and then go on to “Ender in Exile”?

    Please someone explain help me. Thanks.

    BTW I’m very interested to see what happens with this film. I wonder if the will continue the franchise with the 2nd book “Speaker for the Dead”?

    • Sorry. I meant are you supposed to read the SHADOW series and then “Ender in Exile”?

    • @Motoko First, let me just say you should with out a doubt read the shadow series. Ender’s Shadow is a parallel story from Bean’s perspective. The rest of the Shadow series follows Bean and the rest of the “Battle School Generals” back to earth Ender’s siblings play a larger part as well. as far as the fifth book in the orig series… The wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ender's_Game_(series) has a great flow chart for the “Ender-Verse” which should help.

    • I would go ahead and read the Ender’s Shadow series. There is not much crossover and Bean’s story is very interesting. Currently there are four books but the fifth book comes out next month. In terms of Ender in Exile, it consists of short stories about the time between the final two chapters of Ender’s Game and also Ender’s parents’ past. War of Gifts is a short book about Rat army. Hope this helps.


      • Thanks guys. ^-^

        • You’re welcome! :)

  8. I love this cast! Follow Jimmy Jax Pinchak (Peter Wiggin) on Twitter and Facebook.