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Ender's Game is a film adaptation of the novel Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Directed and written by Gavin Hood, the film stars Asa Butterfield as Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, an intelligent young boy who is sent to an advanced military school, Battle School, in space to prepare for a future alien invasion. Other actors include Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, and Abigail Breslin.
After several years of failed production attempts, the latest in 2002 with Warner Brothers producing and Wolfgang Petersen directing, Odd Lott optioned the film in 2009 and Summit Entertainment signed on in 2011 to co-fund and distribute the film.
In late 2010, Summit announced that Gavin Hood (Totsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) would be the director. The script is a Hood rewrite of an original script written by Orson Scott Card.
A hundred years ago, a hostile alien race attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the International Fleet has begun training the most intelligent young children to find the next commander. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his life on Earth to join the elite. Ender easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect among his peers at Battle School. Ordained by Graff as the Fleet's best hope, Ender is promoted to go to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and humankind.
The following roles were cast for the Ender's Game movie.
Andrew "Ender" Wiggin - Asa Butterfield Edit
Asa Bopp Farr Butterfield (born 1 April 1997) is an English actor, best known for starring in the Holocaust film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), playing Norman in the 2010 film Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, was the role of Mordred from BBC's Merlin, and taking the title role in Martin Scorsese's 2011 fantasy Hugo. He portrays Ender Wiggin in the movie.
Colonel Hyrum Graff - Harrison Ford Edit
Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an American film actor and producer. He is famous for his performances as Han Solo in the original Star Wars trilogy and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner, John Book in Witness and Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His career has spanned six decades and includes roles in several Hollywood blockbusters, including Presumed Innocent, The Fugitive, Air Force One, and What Lies Beneath. At one point, four of the top six box-office hits of all time included one of his roles. Five of his films have been inducted into the National Film Registry. He portrays Hyrum Graff in the movie.
Valentine Wiggin - Abigail Breslin EditValentine Wiggin in the movie.
Peter Wiggin - Jimmy Pinchak Edit
Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak (born February 16, 1996) is an American teen actor known for playing Jody in the 2002 version of the television series Family Affair. He acted the movements for "Know-It-All" in the computer-animated movie The Polar Express and played the lead in made-for-TV movie All I Want For Christmas and smaller roles in Hostage and Meteor. He also played Eddy in Over There and Mark in Let Me In, a remake of the Swedish film Let the Right One In. In 2008, Jimmy starred in the family comedy pilot Growing Up Normal about a child actor growing up in Hollywood, written by his father Jim Pinchak. He portrays Peter Wiggin in the movie.
Mazer Rackham - Ben Kingsley Edit
Sir Ben Kingsley, CBE (born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; Gujarati:કૃષ્ણા પંડિત ભાનજી; 31 December 1943) is an English actor who has won an Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards in his career. He is known for starring as Mohandas Gandhi in the film Gandhi in 1982, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. He is also known for his performances in the films Schindler's List (1993), Sexy Beast (2000), House of Sand and Fog (2003), BloodRayne (2005), and Hugo(2011), in which Asa Butterfield also starred. He portrays Mazer Rackham in the movie.
Major Gwen Anderson - Viola Davis Edit
Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress. Beginning her career on the stage, Davis won a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her role in King Hedley II (2001). She won a second Drama Desk Award for Intimate Apparel (2004). She won a second Tony and a third Drama Desk Award for her role in Fences (2010). Some of her notable films include Traffic (2000), Antwone Fisher (2002), Solaris (2002) and The Help (2011). Her eleven-minute-long performance in the film adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt (2008) earned several honors, including an Academy Award nomination. Her role in the film The Help has garnered two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a BAFTA Award nomination, another Academy Award nomination, and a Golden Globe nomination. In addition to her success, she was listed as Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Her character Major Gwen Anderson is a female version of Major Anderson.
Petra Arkanian - Hailee Steinfeld Edit
Hailee Steinfeld (born December 11, 1996) is an American actress. She rose to fame for her portrayal as Mattie Ross in the 2010 film True Grit, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She portrays Petra Arkanian in the movie.
Bonzo Madrid - Moisés Arias Edit
Moisés Arias (born April 18, 1994) is an American television and film actor. He is best known for his role as Rico on Hannah Montana and as host of his own show Moises Rules!. He portrays Bonzo Madrid in the movie.
Bean - Aramis Knight Edit
Aramis Knight (born October 3, 1999 in Woodland Hills, California) is an American child actor. In 2005, Knight began acting in commercials and playing minor screen roles. Since then, he has guest starred and appeared as recurring characters on multiple television series, including Psych, NCIS, Lost, Dexter, and Boston Legal. His previous film roles included Crossing Over and Rendition. Knight has also done voice acting for multiple projects, including Shrek Forever After. He portrays Julian "Bean" Delphiki in the movie.
Fly Molo - Brandon Soo Hoo Edit
Brandon Soo Hoo (born November 2, 1995) is an American teen actor who had a role in the 2008 Ben Stiller film Tropic Thunder. He mostly recently played Connor in the Supah Ninjasseries. He portrays Fly Molo in the movie.
Theresa Wiggin - Andrea Powell Edit
Andrea Powell has been working in film and television since 1993. She most recently played Gillian in the TV movie Teen Spirit. She portrays the mother of Ender Wiggin, Theresa Wiggin, in the movie.
Alai - Suraj Partha Edit
Relatively new to acting, Suraj Partha first appeared in Glee. Ender's Game is his third professional acting performance. He portrays Alai in the movie.
Dink Meeker - Khylin Rhambo Edit
Khylin Rhambo is also relatively new to acting. Ender's Game is his fourth professional acting performance. He portrays Dink Meeker in the movie.
Bernard - Conor Carroll Edit
Born December 23, 1998, Conor Caroll has been acting professionally since 2007. Ender's Game is his sixth film. He portrays Bernard in the movie.