Ender’s Game heads to New Orleans
The cast and crew of Ender’s Game are heading to New Orleans where production of the long-awaited sci-fi film is about to kick off.
Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rickman) and Viola Davis (military psychologist) recently joined fellow cast members Asa Butterfield (Ender), Harrison Ford (Colonel Hyrum Graff), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin, Ender's sister) and Hailee Steinfeld (Petra Arkanian).
Other actors include Brendan Meyer (Stilson) Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak (Peter Wiggin, Ender's brother), Aramis Knight (Bean), Moises Arias (Bonzo), Suraj Parthasarathy (Alai), Conor Carroll (Bernard), Khylin Rhambo (Dink) and Soo Hoo (Fly Molo).
In addition to a star-studded cast, Ender's Game is helmed by some serious talent, like Gavin Hood (screenwriter), Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Orson Scott Card himself.
Currently, Kurtzman and Orci are producing and scripting a second installment of Star Trek with Damon Lindelof (2013), while producing Now You See Me for Summit. Previous notable credits include Cowboys & Aliens, the 2009 Transformers sequel, the recent Star Trek reboot with JJ Abrams, The Proposal and Fringe.
The Ender's Game movie is based on the classic science fiction novel penned by Orson Scott Card. The book itself actually started off as a short story published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Card later expanded the franchise with additional characters, plot lines, books and graphic novels, which culminated in an updated version of Ender's Game hitting store shelves in 1991.
Ender's Game is set in a dystopian future where Earth has barely survived two encounters with the Formics, an insectoid alien species dubbed the "Buggers." Card depicts the aliens as exhibiting ant-like group behavior, as they are quite protective of their leader, much like ants shielding their queen on Earth.
To prepare for an expected third invasion, an international fleet runs a military academy - the Battle School - to train future officers. The world's most talented children, including protagonist Ender Wiggin, are recruited at a young age to learn the art of war in the context of increasingly difficult games.
Sequels and spinoffs of the original Ender’s Game include Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender in Exile, A War of Gift and Ender's Shadow.
Ender’s Game is slated to hit theaters on March 15, 2013.