The bar has been set high for outer space movies, thanks to Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, but Fall 2013 will get another blockbuster sci-fi film in Ender's Game, the adaptation of Orson Scott Card's famous novel about war and politics in a futuristic world.
Directed by X-Men Origins: Wolverine helmer Gavin Hood, Ender's Game will follow its titular character Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) as he is selected as the proverbial chosen one, whose analytic mind and strategic prowess could be the key to stopping the second invasion of the alien race known as "The Buggers." In order to prepare Wiggin for his pivotal destiny, Col. Graff (Harrison Ford) enrolls the boy in the fierce arena known as Battle School, where gifted young children are hard-trained in the ways of the soldier.
The scene featured in the clip above quickly and succinctly sets up the world Ender finds himself in while at Battle School. Graff hands Ender the opportunity to command his own army (read: team of players in the Battle School war games) - yet he hands him an army with a clear curse on its head, as Dragon Army never won a battle while still active in the games. Maybe Ender can break that curse?
If you want some better looks at Battle School, Lionsgate has also released a few 360° shots of some of the iconic sections of the orbital training facility:
Graff's Command Center
Dragon Army Barracks
If that's not enough, here are a slew of new images and a new IMAX poster for you to check out:
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Will Ender's Game's hard-boiled, thought-provoking plot and zero gravity battle sequences be able offer audiences - still fresh off of the Gravity experience - suitable thrills and cinematic awe? There's the usual argument to be made about 'apples and oranges,' but movie comparisons are often unfair and many quality films have suffered as a result of being in the shadow of a preceding success story. After the long, winding road into theaters, and all the controversy surrounding it, what would be strange was if the Ender's Game movie ultimately went by unnoticed. (Though, with this many promotional materials, that's not very likely!)
Check out the trailer if you haven't already:
Ender's Game will be in theaters and IMAX on November 1, 2013.