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After snaring 'Hugo's Asa Butterfield as its lead, 'Ender's Game' - the big screen adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi novel - went on a full scale casting blitz. The film now boasts a roster that includes Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin ('Zombieland,' 'Little Miss Sunshine'), and Hailee Steinfeld ('True Grit'). Once again, the story of 'Ender's Game' revolves around a pint-sized genius recruited by the government to aid in the destruction of insect-like aliens. Ford is set to play Colonel Hyram Graff, the man in charge of training new military recruits. Breslin will play Ender's older sister, Valentine Wiggin, and Steinfeld will portray Petra Arkanian, Ender's most trusted ally. According to reports, these are all locked deals. The film version will be helmed by Gavin Hood ('X-Men Origins: Wolverine'). At this time, the official release date for 'Ender's Game' is March 15, 2013.
Clearly, the 'Ender's Game' filmmakers are not messing around. Harrison Ford may have been, shall we say, a touch uneven in his last few projects, but he is still a box office draw and a geek icon. They've also gone out and snagged some of the best young actors in (forgive me) the game today to occupy the youth roles. Asa Butterfield proved his worth against the likes of Ben Kingsley in 'Hugo,' Steinfeld earned an Oscar nomination for her work with the Coen brothers in 'True Grit,' and Breslin already has a resume chock full of impressive performances. Ben Kingsley, by the way, is also set to appear in 'Ender's Game.' Given that my biggest concern with this project is the fact that Gavin Hood is directing, it's comforting to know that the cast is being populated with people who already know what they're doing regardless of their age.
What do you guys think of this cast? Are you interested in seeing an 'Ender's Game' movie?